Christian Democracy


Abstract: The dilemma of whether a political party represents Christian democratic values in the public sphere ‘truly’ is exposed to day-to-day political debates. This article would like to contribute to the understanding of Christian democratic politics by presenting different paths to identify the presence of Christian democratic elements in politics.


Christian Democratic politics is commonly associated with the German Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and Christian Social Union (CSU) in Europe. Although the federal elections are approaching, a topic that deserves plenty of attention in its own right, it is also crucial to understand the past decade of Christian democracy in Germany. This article would like to contribute to this effort by providing an insight into three relevant English-language research articles on the topic.


Christian Democracy, just like other political ideologies, has a solid value orientation. Naturally, values tend to change in the light of the dominant norms of the current society. However, there is also a general expectation that some „core values” are so significant that they should be more resistant to the alterations of times. One of the decent ways to analyze the stability and flexibility of these value orientations is to look at the government programs of political parties. In the article below, the most significant European Christian Democratic parties, CDU and CSU will be investigated by looking at the Düsseldorf Guidelines from 1949 and the Government program for 2017 elections highlighting some central similarities and differences.