IParl Publications

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Oxford Handbooks provide relevant and up-to-date overviews of the state of research in various disciplines. In their contribution to the Oxford Handbook of German Politics, Suzanne S. Schüttemeyer and Sven T. Siefken examine the German Bundestag as a "core institution" at the center of the constitutional order of the German political system.

 

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Parliamentary Party Groups (PPGs) are the central institutional link between voters, parties, and parliaments. In its current composition, no less than 16 PPGs are present in the Croatian Parliament (Sabor), a peak value in European comparison. The trend towards fractionalization in Sabor has steadily increased in recent years. The article explores the causes, compares „PPG Thresholds“ internationally and outlines reform options.

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The digitalization of human life has impacted many aspects of politics in the last two decades. Intra-party decision-making is one of them. However, not much is known about how intra-party selectorates evaluate the digitalization of a crucial decision-making process. Claire Bloquet, Isabelle Borucki and Benjamin Höhne ask whether party members who participate in candidate selection support online consultations - or not.

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Benjamin Höhne writes about the fundamental processes of candidate selection in Germany, the role of the parties and future challenges in his contribution to the edited volume by Thibault Muzergues and Dan Scadutoder. The publication of the International Republican Institute (IRI) brings together ten case studies on the selection of parliamentary candidates. The volume is freely available on the IRI site.

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What spurs or hampers contested district nominations for the Bundestag? Our new article provides some answers: Determinants for competitive conferences are a vacant candidacy, extra-parliamentary parties, and the involvement of several regional party units. Interestingly, there is a vast demand for more contested nominations among the selectorates. However, some ‘coronations’ are caused by early withdrawals of aspirants due to the leadership’s influence.

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In "Government & Opposition", Benjamin Höhne analyses the AfD's intra-party democracy (IPD). On a broad empirical basis of the #BuKa2017 project as well as self-developed measurement methods, he shows that the AfD has a "competitive IPD". This is significantly more pronounced than in the other six parties in the Bundestag, even compared to the participation-oriented Greens.

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The left-wing movement "Aufstehen" was a political experiment that received a lot of media attention in a relatively short period of time. In his article, Benjamin Höhne traces the development of the self-proclaimed movement, places it in the German party landscape and draws conclusions from its rapid failure for new "movement parties" in Germany.

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The Konrad Adenauer Foundation, in cooperation with the IParl, has published a study on coalition negotiations. In addition to an analysis of the participant groups, interviews were conducted with leading party representatives. The result is a comprehensive review of coalition negotiations in general and the development of the relationship between party and parliamentary group in particular.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Zeitschrift für Parlamentsfragen (ZParl) 1/2019

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Melanie Kintz and Malte Cordes analyzed the occupational occupational structure of the 19th German Bundestag. Following on from earlier publications on the sociology of parliamentarians, they identify changes that the first chamber of the German parliament underwent following the 2017 elections.

The article is published in: ZParl, Vol. 50 (2019), Issue 1, pp. 42-58.

Sachsen-Anhalt - eine politische Landeskunde

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In this article, Benjamin Höhne examines the functional principles of state parliamentarism and the organization of the state parliament in Saxony-Anhalt.

Sachsen-Anhalt - eine politische Landeskunde

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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.

böll.brief Demokratie & Gesellschaft #11

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In the current issue of böll.brief, Benjamin Höhne calls on the parties, in the midst of the debate on parité laws and possibilities for gender-equitable representation, to address existing reform options and to increase incentives for participation.

You can read the study here: böll.brief

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Danny Schindler examines the ascriptive power of the chairpersons of party groups in German Bundestag. Therefore he investigates the power relations within the Bundestag by drawing on MPs’ own assessments of the chairmanship’s strength.

The article is published in: ZParl, Vol. 49 (2018), Issue 4, pp. 767 – 777.

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Benjamin Höhne analyzes the interrelations of political participation and political support, in terms of trust in democracy and parliamentary satisfaction, based on a survey of active party members. It is the first publication from the IParl-Project on candidate selection.

The article is published in: ZParl, Vol. 49 (2018), Issue 4, pp. 919 – 932.

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Suzanne S. Schüttemeyer recently contributed of the anthology "Deutschland und die Welt 2030" (“Germany and the World 2030”), in which international experts venture a glimpse into upcoming political and social challenges. Her article deals with the future of parliamentary democracy in general and formulates concrete recommendations for Members of Parliament in particular.

You can read the full text here: Deutschland und die Welt 2030.

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In the recently published volume “Political Representation in France and Germany“ various authors investigate the process and quality of political representation in both countries. Suzanne S. Schüttemeyer has co-edited the book.

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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.

The article is published in: ZParl, Vol. 49 (2018), Issue 2, S. 304 – 324.

Höhne/Hellmann_Die Freien Demokraten

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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.

The study can be downloaded on the following website: http://www.kas.de/wf/de/33.49625/

Zeitschrift für Parlamentsfragen, Heft 2/2017

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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.

The article is published in: ZParl, Vol. 48 (2017), Issue 2, S. 350 – 369.

Koschmieder_Parteien, Parteiensysteme und politische Orientierungen

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

Table of Contents

DOI 10.1007/978-3-658-17922-9_12

Höhne_DIE LINKE

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Benjamin Höhne examines the various challenges the Left Party (DIE LINKE) has to face currently. Besides the inner-party disputes among the dogmatical and pragmatical representatives, external influences like the demographic change in Eastern Germany are also take into account.

The study can be downloaded on the following website: http://www.kas.de/wf/de/33.45878/