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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.

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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. 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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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