In its first research project, the IParl examines the candidate line-up for the 2017 federal elections in the Bundestag parties CDU, CSU, SPD, DIE LINKE and BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN, FDP and AfD.
With the help of quantitative and qualitative methods of empirical political research, the project aims to find out how the nomination procedures are designed, who is running, who decides on the chances of success of any given candidacy, which criteria affect nominations and whether and how recruitment differs between and within the parties.
So far, the following publications from the IParl project have been published:
No Need for Wider Selectorates? Party Members' Preferences for Reforming the Nomination of District and List Candidates for the German Bundestag, by Danny Schindler and Benjamin Höhne
Danny Schindler and Benjamin Höhne explore the preferences of party members actively involved in candidate nominations for various selection modes. The data show that there is very limited reform support for open primaries.
The article is published in: PVS Special Issue, 2020, pp. 283-308.
Separate party-studies on the candidate selection for the 2017 Bundestag elections
Edited by Suzanne S. Schüttemeyer and Benjamin Höhne.
In cooperation with: Danny Schindler, Daniel Hellmann, Anastasia Pyschny, Malte Cordes, Oliver Kannenberg, Pia Berkhoff und Sophie Kopsch.
The CDU candidate selection for the German federal elections in 2017. (DOI: 10.21247/0416.0011)
The CSU candidate selection for the German federal elections in 2017 (DOI: 10.21247/0416.0012)
The SPD candidate selection for the German federal elections in 2017 (DOI: 10.21247/0416.0013)
The BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN candidate selection for the German federal elections in 2017 (DOI: 10.21247/0416.0014)
The DIE LINKE candidate selection for the German federal elections in 2017 (DOI: 10.21247/0416.0015)
The FDP candidate selection for the German federal elections in 2017 (DOI: 10.21247/0416.0016)
The AfD candidate selection for the German federal elections in 2017 (DOI: 10.21247/0416.0017)
Der Landtag: Grundlagen, Binnenorganisation und Abgeordnetenrekrutierung, by Benjamin Höhne in Roger Stöcker and Maik Reichel (eds.): Sachsen-Anhalt - eine politische Landeskunde, Halle/Saale 2019, pp. 141-155.
In this article, Benjamin Höhne examines the functional principles of state parliamentarism and the organization of the state parliament in Saxony-Anhalt. In addition, he discusses the special policy constellation of the so-called Kenyan government (consisting of CDU, SPD and the Greens whose political colours in combination resemble the Kenyan flag), socio-structural characteristics of state parliamentarians and the future recruitment problems caused by shrinking party membership numbers.
You can find the table of content here.
Parteien in Sachsen-Anhalt: programmatische Schwerpunkte, Mitgliederentwicklung, organisatorischer Aufbau und interne Willensbildung, by Benjamin Höhne and Anastasia Pyschny in: Roger Stöcker und Maik Reichel (eds.): Sachsen-Anhalt - eine politische Landeskunde, Halle/Saale 2019, pp. 169-187.
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. The aim will be to establish new concepts of party work that can also be adapted by other East and West German party associations.
You can find the table of content here.
Politik ist (k)ein Männergeschäft? Eine genderfokussierte Analyse der parteilichen Kandidierendenauswahl zu Bundestagswahlen, by Benjamin Höhne
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 based on the candidate nominations of all seven Bundestag parties. For this purpose, the recruitment stages are inversely reconstructed, i.e. from the members of parliament to the candidates to the party members with their commitment within the party and their selection preferences. In addition, concrete approaches to closing the gender gap are recommended.
You can read the study here: böll.brief
Engagement beugt Politikverdruss (nicht immer) vor: Demokratievertrauen und Parlamentszufriedenheit von aktiven Parteimitgliedern, by Benjamin Höhne
In attitude and participation research it is argued that political participation can counteract political disaffection. However, the relationships between the action and attitude level are complicated, in particular, due to inconsistent causal relationships and their directions of action as well as multiple interactions. In this article, the interrelations of political participation on the one hand and political support on the attitude dimension on the other are multivariatly analyzed based on a survey of active members of all seven Bundestag parties in the run-up to the 2017 federal election. As one result, on the left and right of the political spectrum conventional participation in a party is accompanied by system-critical attitudes, and thus they find a system-appropriate outlet for their point of view.
The article is published in: ZParl, Vol. 49 (2018), Issue 4, pp. 919 – 932.
Wie stellen Parteien ihre Parlamentsbewerber auf? Das Personalmanagement vor der Bundestagswahl 2017, by Benjamin Höhne in: Carsten Koschmieder (eds.): Parteien, Parteiensysteme und politische Orientierungen. Aktuelle Beiträge der Parteienforschung, Wiesbaden 2017, pp. 227-253.
Four months before the upcoming Bundestag elections, Benjamin Höhne is investigating the question: "How do parties nominate their parliamentary candidates? Personnel management before the 2017 federal elections". This paper contains the first results of an ongoing IParl research project. The article was published in a commemorative publication in honour of Oskar Niedermayer (FU Berlin).
You can find the table of content here:
DIE FREIEN DEMOKRATEN. Comeback der FDP mit neuer Mannschaft, Mit-Mach-Organisation und Mut-Mach-Liberalismus, by Benjamin Höhne and Daniel Hellmann
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.
The study can be downloaded on the following website: http://www.kas.de/wf/de/33.49625/