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Bowling for Fascism: Social Capital and the Rise of the Nazi Party

Satyanath, S; Voigtländer, N; Voth, H-J; (2017) Bowling for Fascism: Social Capital and the Rise of the Nazi Party. Journal of Political Economy , 125 (2) pp. 478-526. 10.1086/690949. Green open access

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Abstract

Using newly collected data on association density in 229 towns and cities in interwar Germany, we show that denser social networks were associated with faster entry into the Nazi Party. The effect is large: one standard deviation higher association density is associated with at least 15 percent faster Nazi Party entry. Party membership, in turn, predicts electoral success. Social networks thus aided the rise of the Nazis that destroyed Germany’s first democracy. The effects of social capital depended on the political context: in federal states with more stable governments, higher association density was not correlated with faster Nazi Party entry.

Type: Article
Title: Bowling for Fascism: Social Capital and the Rise of the Nazi Party
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1086/690949
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1086/690949
Language: English
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Economics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10086416
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