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.
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.
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.
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?
„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?”