This HSR Supplement is a compilation of eleven important articles regarding electoral history and political membership from Jürgen W. Falter which spans almost four decades of research. These contributions provide a good representation of more than fifty articles and book chapters that Falter has published on the topic. In his introductory biographical comments, Falter outlines his intellectual and academic development, his (negative) fascination with political extremism on both sides, and the development of a strict empirical-analytical academic ideal that he acquired as a student. Furthermore, Falter goes into the research projects which underlie the basis of his publications about the voters and members of the NSDAP.
The scope of this supplement covers electoral analyses including: methodological analyses of the status of electoral research on the NSDAP by completing an election analysis supported by aggregate data to determine the impact of unemployment on the rise of the NSDAP; the susceptibility of workers to National Socialism before 1933; voter fluctuation within and between political blocs in the Weimar Republic; an analysis of the two Hindenburg elections of 1925 and 1932; and a study of Austrian voters of the NSDAP between 1928 and 1932. Included in this supplement are also two studies about the membership of the NSDAP – one of which concerns the young membership of the NSDAP, the other the so-called “Märzgefallenen” of 1933. The compilation closes with two studies regarding post-war elections, which until today have yet to become an important topic of electoral analysis. One of the articles discusses the Landtag elections in the Soviet occupation zone in 1946, which are considered to be the first and last partly democratic elections before the Volkskammer election of 1990. The second considers the Bundestag elections of 1949, which also have yet to be adequately analyzed from a historical-electoral perspective.
A number of studies by Jürgen W. Falter is based on data sets available online through the data archive of GESIS – Leibniz-Institute for Social Siences:
Falter, Jürgen W.; Lindenberger, Thomas; Schumann, Siegfried (2009): Wahlen und Abstimmungen in der Weimarer Republik, 1919-1933. GESIS Datenarchiv, Köln. ZA8351 Datenfile Version 1.0.0, doi:10.4232/1.8351.
Falter, Jürgen W.; Hänisch, Dirk (o.J.): Wählerbewegungen zum Nationalsozialismus Wahl- und Sozialdaten der Gemeinden Badens in der zweiten Hälfte der Weimarer Republik. GESIS Datenarchiv, Köln. ZA8116 Datenfile Version 1.0.0, doi:10.4232/1.8116.
Falter, Jürgen W.; Hänisch, Dirk (o.J.): Wählerbewegungen zum Nationalsozialismus Wahl- und Sozialdaten der Gemeinden Hessens in der zweiten Hälfte der Weimarer Republik. GESIS Datenarchiv, Köln. ZA8117 Datenfile Version 1.0.0, doi:10.4232/1.8117.
Falter, Jürgen W.; Hänisch, Dirk (1990): Wahl- und Sozialdaten der Kreise und Gemeinden des Deutschen Reiches von 1920 bis 1933. GESIS Datenarchiv, Köln. ZA8013 Datenfile Version 1.0.0, doi:10.4232/1.8013.