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In a national election it tends to give the most successful party disproportionately more seats than its total vote merits. g. the Nazis. This made it more difﬁcult to form and maintain governments. In Weimar Germany it was virtually impossible for one party to form a majority government, and so coalitions were required – sometimes of three and even four parties. Furthermore, it was argued that all the negotiations and compromises involved in forming governments contributed to the political instability of Weimar.
Key question What did the extreme right stand for? 4 | The Threat from the Extreme Right Opposition from the extreme right was very different both in its form and in its extent to that of the extreme left. On the right wing there was a very mixed collection of opponents to the Republic and their resistance found expression in different ways. 36 | Democracy and Dictatorship in Germany 1919–63 The extreme right in theory In contrast to Marxist socialism, the extreme right did not really have an alternative organised ideology.
This was at odds with the left wing’s wishes to extend civil rights and to create a modern, democratic society. So, whilst the spirit of the Weimar Constitution was democratic and progressive, many of the institutions remained dedicated to the values of Imperial Germany. Key question Was the Weimar Constitution fatally ﬂawed? The signiﬁcance of the Weimar Constitution With hindsight, it is easy to highlight those parts of the Weimar Constitution that contributed to the ultimate collapse of the Republic.
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