Mixed Rules, Mixed Strategies: Parties And Candidates In Germany's Electoral System by Philip ManowMixed Rules, Mixed Strategies: Parties And Candidates In Germany's Electoral System by Philip Manow

Mixed Rules, Mixed Strategies: Parties And Candidates In Germany's Electoral System

byPhilip Manow

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Sixty years of democratic representation in Germany allow us to study the working of a specific type of electoral system, namely a mixed system combining proportional and majoritarian rules, in great detail. Mixed systems have figured as a reference point in many reform debates of the recent past. This is because they appear to combine advantageous traits of proportional and majoritarian rules, such as fairness, proximity between constituencies and representatives, and stable government majorities. Mixed systems have also attracted much scholarly attention of late, because they allow us to study the effects of electoral rules while holding many intervening variables constant. But they also attract interest because the proportional and majoritarian electoral tiers affect each other in ways that differ from what would have resulted under pure PR or plurality. All this makes mixed systems a fascinating object of study, and the German system is its oldest and prototypical exemplar.
Philip Manow is professor of comparative political economy at Bremen University. Previously he held positions at the Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne, and at Konstanz and Heidelberg Universities. He was a visiting scholar at Harvard's Center for European Studies, at the Centre Études Européenne, Sciences Po Pari...
Title:Mixed Rules, Mixed Strategies: Parties And Candidates In Germany's Electoral SystemFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:238 pages, 8.75 × 6.25 × 0.68 inShipping dimensions:8.75 × 6.25 × 0.68 inPublished:December 1, 2015Publisher:ECPR PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

ContentsList of Figures and Tables viiList of Abbreviations xvAcknowledgements xviiPreface xixChapter One - Introduction 1PART I - PARTIES IN GERMANY'S MIXED-ELECTORAL SYSTEM 19Chapter Two - The Contaminated Cube Rule 21Chapter Three - Of the Cannibalistic Consequences 43Chapter Four - Contesting Districts: Why small partiesenter (hopeless) district races 61Chapter Five - Coordinating: Locally or nationally? Or what if Germanparties suddenly behaved in a Duvergerian fashion? 87PART II - CANDIDATES IN GERMANY'S MIXEDELECTORAL SYSTEM 105Chapter Six - Candidatures: Turning candidates into MPs 107Chapter Seven - Combining Candidatures: Hedging againstelectoral uncertainty 127PART III - MPS IN GERMANY'S MIXED ELECTORAL SYSTEM 143Chapter Eight - Careers: Electoral rules and legislative turnover 145Chapter Nine - Characteristics: Electoral pathways to theBundestag and MPs' parliamentary strategies 159Chapter Ten - Conclusion 181Appendix to Chapter Two 189Bibliography 195Index 209