In his contribution in "Recht und Politik", Daniel Hellmann examines the decision-making practice of the Federal Election Committee concerning the admission of parties to the 2017 federal elections. From this, he derives threshold values as of when it is possible to speak of a party. In particular, the existence of state associations and at least 40 members were prerequisites for determining party status.

How realistic would an alliance of CDU and AfD be in Eastern German state parliaments? Benjamin Höhne pursues this question in the current issue of GWP. Different pro- and contra-arguments are weighed up, also using data from a party member study (#BuKa2017). A strategy of appropriation by the CDU vis-à-vis AfD would be highly risky because it could not be led from a position of strength.

Danny Schindlers article at Party Politics investigates the potential implications of different procedures by examining how the selection criteria of membership
and delegate conferences vary. 

In their studies on the personal and participatory basis of democratic order, Suzanne S. Schüttemeyer and Anastasia Pyschny deal with both output and input aspects of candidate selection.

The article is published in: ZParl, Vol. 51 (2020), Issue 1, pp. 189-211.

In their analysis, Daniel Hellmann and Benjamin Höhne take a look at the formal dimensions of candidate selection. The party statutes reveal similarities and differences, for example concerning the electoral procedures or assembly type.

The article is published in: ZParl, Vol. 51 (2020), Issue 1, pp. 3-25.

Danny Schindler explores the informal procedures that precede the formal list nomination conferences within the CDU and the SPD. Among other things, he investigates the executive boards’ selection power.

The article is published in: ZParl, Vol. 51 (2020), Issue 1, pp. 26-48.

The term "Ochsentour" is closely connected to parliamentary recruitment. Daniel Hellmann reflects over this often negatively connotated term and reveals, what it actually means.

The article is published in: ZParl, Vol. 51 (2020), Issue 1, pp. 49-67.

Malte Cordes and Daniel Hellmann search for the "ideal candidate" from the eligible to vote party members perspective. Thereby differences between the parties at the respective selection level become apparent.

The article is published in: ZParl, Vol. 51 (2020), Issue 1, pp. 68-83.

Oliver Kannenberg uses the example of the AfD to investigate a possible influence of party competition on the candidate line-up. Using interview statements by the party members who selected the candidates, a (surprisingly) clear picture emerges.

The article is published in: ZParl, Vol. 51 (2020), Issue 1, pp. 84-104.

The parliamentary presence of women and gender quotas is on everyone's lips. Benjamin Höhne examines the alleged discrimination on three stages of recruitment and discusses the sense of parity laws.

The article is published in: ZParl, Vol. 51 (2020), Issue 1, pp. 105-125.

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.