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IParl Expert Consultation by the Inter-Parliamentary Union

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In the venerable House of Parliaments of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the first steps were taken towards a universal catalogue of indicators for democratic parliaments. The project is part of the fulfilment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.

IParl-Workshop on candidate selection

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In five topical blocks, different facets of the current research project on candidate selection for the German Bundestag were presented by IParl researchers at a workshop. In a constructive atmosphere, ideas were discussed, critical questions raised and innovative impulses given thereby acknowledging the work of the IParl research team and the significance of the study for parliamentary and party research. Suzanne S. Schüttemeyer and the entire IParl team would like to thank all guests and participants. Special thanks go to the moderators of the workshop and the discussants, who constructively dealt with the contributions and lectures.

IParl-Oppening at new location in Berlin-Mitte

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"Durchs Nadelöhr der Demokratie - Die Kandidatenaufstellung in den Parteien" - Under this title, the Institute for Parliamentary Research (IParl) invited to the opening of its new location in Berlin-Mitte on 27 March 2019. Scientists from university and non-university research institutions, top officials of the Bundestag administration, Members of Parliaments, representatives of party foundations and think tanks as well as journalists accepted the invitation. In addition, the IParl published the party studies on the candidate selection for the German federal elections 2017.

Parties in Saxony-Anhalt

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In their contribution, Benjamin Höhne and Anastasia Pyschny provide an insight into the programmatic work and organizational structure of the most important parties in Saxony-Anhalt. In light of declining membership numbers and increasing party disenchantment, the parties in Saxony-Anhalt face the major problem of personnel regeneration.

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böll.brief: Politik ist (k)ein Männergeschäft

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100 years after the introduction of the right to vote for women in Germany, the debate about equal participation in politics has gained momentum: Women are too rarely represented in political parties, parliaments and governments. Why this is the case is analyzed in this böll.brief on the basis of the candidate nominations of all seven Bundestag parties.

IParl at 10. Graduate Conference Party Research (GraPa)

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For a decade, young scholars from various regions of Europe meet once a year at the “Graduate Conference Party Research” at the Institut für Deutsches und Internationales Parteienrecht und Parteienforschung (PRuF) based at the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf. After two instructive days in Düsseldorf, it can be concluded that there will be certainly no lack of creative approaches in international party studies in the future. Especially the topics of (right-wing) populism and inner-party democracy receive a lot of attention in Germany and Italy.

IParl starts in Berlin

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The IParl will commence its work in Berlin today. The new office is located at Mauerstraße 83/84. At the new location, we are not only closer to the Bundestag and Bundesrat, but also in the midst of a lively academic environment, especially in the field of parliamentary and party research relevant to IParl.

Georgian Parliamentary Delegation to Dialogue in the IParl

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On 16th October a delegation of ten members of staff from the Georgian parliament visited the IParl. The science-practice dialogue focused on the functional principles of the German parliamentary system and the rules of procedure of the German Bundestag. Various reform proposals are being discussed in Georgia currently, so that the guests were encouraged to ask questions about the experiences from Germany.

Factors of Success – The IParl at the ECPR General Conference in Hamburg

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From 22nd to 25th August the 8th ECPR General Conference took place. At this international convention about 2.000 scholars and nearly 500 panels were present and so was the IParl with first results from the candidate nomination study. The Topic of the IParl paper were the Factors of Success.

SZ-Article: Mut zum Experiment

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Benjamin Höhne analyzes in the section "Aussenansicht" of the Süddeutsche Zeitung the membership development of political parties in Germany. Among other things he proposes some interessenting proposals regarding the intra-party potential for reforms. The article is available online on sz.de

Publication: Member Parties - Decline without End?

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Elmar Wiesendahl, Benjamin Höhne and Malte Cordes analyze the extent to which the disappearance or normalization of the parties in Germany can be expected.

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IParl now also on Twitter

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As of now you can follow the IParl on twitter. At @i_parl we provide information about events and developments relating to parliamentarism and parties. Moreover, you get insights into our different fields of activity. Follow us through the exciting world of parliamentary research.

Politics of fear and Populism – a rapprochement in Bitterfeld

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Populism unalteredly raises questions in Politics and Society. On this subject the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung hosted a congress in Bitterfeld-Wolfen. Dr. Benjamin Höhne conducted a workshop on the interrelations between social media and populism.

Parties in practice - An excursion report

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On 25th April 2018 20 students of the Martin Luther University as well as research assistants of the IParl attended an excursion to Magdeburg, organized by Benjamin Höhne. The main objective was to obtain additional insights into the political landscape of a state capital.

Official logo of the organizer (Picture: SWUD)

Lecture of "Nadelöhr der Demokratie" at the federal state parliament in Kiel

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Dr. Benjamin Höhne and Daniel Hellmann from the IParl presented on the 17th April 2018 in Kiel current results of the research project on candidate selection for the German Parliamentary Elections of 2017.

Graduate Conference on Party Research in Düsseldorf (Picture: IParl)

Report of the Graduate Conference on Party Research in Düsseldorf

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The ninth Graduate Conference on Party Research in Düsseldorf took place from 2nd to 3rd February 2018. It gives interested doctoral candidates in Party Research an international platform for their research.

Prof. Dr. Patrick Wagner (Picture: IParl)

Public series of lectures came to an historical end

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With the lecture of Patrick Wagner, professor for contemporary history at Martin Luther University, the lecture series about "Populism and Democracy" came to an end.

Poster of the public lecture "Populism and Democracy"

Public lecture series about "Populism and Democracy"

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The lecture series is organized in cooperation with IParl. Every Wednesday in the winter term 2017/2018, 6p.m. - 8 p.m., Melanchthonianum, room XV.

Conference venue Akademie für Politische Bildung in Tutzing (Picture: Akademie für Politische Bildung)

Conference in Tutzing discussed the Elections of the German Bundestag 2017

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The Akademie für Politische Bildung in Tutzing invited for an analysis of the German federal election 2017. The IParl attended this conference - a report.

IParl Map (Picture: Markus Scholz)

"The Parliament" reports on the research project concerning the Parliamentary Elections of 2017

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The weekly in-house newspaper of the German Bundestag (Das Parlament) reported on the results of IParl’s research project in the paper’s special issue about the Parliamentary Election in Germany.

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Publication: The Free Democrats before the German Parliamentary Elections 2017

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Benjamin Höhne and Daniel Hellmann analyze in a study the "new" FDP before the German Parliamentary Elections 2017. It is to expect that the liberals will be part of the German Bundestag again.

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Zeitschrift für Parlamentsfragen, Issue 2/2017

Publication: When is a constituency safe?

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In the latest issue of the "Zeitschrift für Parlamentsfragen" (ZParl) Anastasia Pyschny and Daniel Hellmann discuss the question under which conditions a constituency is safe for a party.

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Koschmieder_Parteien, Parteiensysteme und politische Orientierungen

Publication: How do parties nominate their candidates?

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Dr. Benjamin Höhne analyses in an essay, published by Springer, the personnel management before the German Parliamentary Elections 2017.

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Assembly of the Green Party in Augsburg (Picture: Claudia Illi)

Decision by coin-toss

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If no candidate has a majority after the third vote, a decision will be made based on chance. For the Green Party in Bavaria, this came in the form of a coin-toss. In addition to this relatively rare spectacle, the party list convention in Augsburg on the 9th and 10th of December brought a few other surprises as well.

Vote of the SPD in constituency 80 (Picture: IParl)

Showdown after consultation of members

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Similar to four years ago, the SPD in the electoral district of Berlin-Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf has broadly involved their grassroots membership during the candidate selection. Five applicants threw their hats into the ring for the candidacy. Since the member consultation was inconclusive, the decision came down to a showdown at the party delegate conference.

Dr. Benjamin Höhne and Prof. Suzanne S. Schüttemeyer (Picture: Maike Glöckner/Uni Halle)

Research project in the media

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For several months, IParl has been active across Germany at district and national party conventions as part of its ongoing, inaugural research project analyzing the candidate selection processes for the upcoming 2017 Parliamentary Elections. The project has received media attention for these efforts.

Congratulations for the successful election (Picture: SPD Bitburg-Prüm)

Candidate casting by nation-wide classified ad

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Who didn’t report on the scandal: F.A.Z, Süddeutsche, Der Spiegel... the SWR tweeted: „Candidate casting for the #SPD Bitburg-Prüm”. The story was even featured on the nightly television news. For the three small district associations of the Social Democratic Party which share Parliamentary Constituency No. 203 „Bitburg” in Rhineland-Palatinate, the media’s response came as a surprise. How has the extraordinary search for a candidate gone?

Official Opening of the IParl (Picture: IParl)

"An unbelievable stroy which began tragically"

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„The quality of democracy in a state depends on the care afforded democracy by the political parties in that state”. Professor Dr. Suzanne S. Schüttemeyer officially opened the Institute for Parliamentary Research (IParl) with this quote from Ernst Fraenkel. Concurrently, she presented the inaugural IParl research project: „Who selects whom, how and why?”

First team briefing of the academic oberservers for the project on candidate selection for the German Parliamentary Elections of 2017 (Picture: IParl)

First team briefing of the academic observers

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Twenty-five members of the project team – primarily research associates, doctoral and master students as well as alumni of the Halle Political Science programme – convened on the 23rd of September 2016 for a full-day conference, to familiarize themselves with the content of the project as well as to plan field research.

Representatives' assembly from DIE LINKE Rhineland-Palatinate in Kaiserslautern (Picture: IParl)

Beginning of field research on a pretest weekend in September 2016

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The middle of September 2016 marked the beginning of field research for IParl’s project on candidate selection. Eleven members of our project team took part in four party conventions in Brandenburg, North-Rhine Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saxony.