Affective Support and Constitutional Patriotism
This chapter examines pride in the Basic Law. The chapter argues that much writing on attitudes towards democracy claims that citizens have become sceptical, raising the question of how, democracies survive? The answers offered suggest that it is sustained, in part, by affection for one’s country, but this is problematic in the German context, since the political history of Germany thoroughly discredited nationalism and attempts to revive it were decisively rejected. The concept of constitutional patriotism, however, often appears as a substitute, but there has been surprisingly little attempt to subject it to empirical scrutiny. This chapter tests theoretical approaches about its origins using logistic regression analyses and the results confirm that constitutional pride is shaped by postmaterialism, along with the trusting instincts of civil society—factors which provide it with a degree of longevity in the west, but are comparatively underdeveloped in the former East.