Unemployment and the Radicalisation of the German Electorate 1928–1933: An Aggregate Data Analysis, with Special Emphasis on the Rise of National Socialism

  • Jürgen W. Falter


The striking covariation between the rise of the NSDAP and the increase in unemployment between 1928 and 1933 (Figure 8.1) had led many contemporary observers to postulate a causal link between the two phenomena: unemployment was generally regarded as one of the major determinants of Nazi electoral success.


Unemployment Rate Regional Unemployment Weimar Republic Nazi Party Mass Unemployment 
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