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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.