This title was first published in 2003. This precise and well-structured book focuses on the mechanics (its evolution and the debates it generates) of the German electoral system. Briefly outlining the past German electoral systems and the influence they exerted on the political systems of the time, it differs from existing literature by being the first volume in the English language which gives in-depth treatment to local and regional electoral systems in Germany, as well as the federal system. Identifying the strengths and weaknesses of German electoral systems and their role and contribution within the party and political systems, it is particularly relevant at a time when other European countries' electoral systems are under review. Students and academics concerned with German politics in particular and German or European studies more generally, will find this book valuable.
Contents: Introduction; The historical dimension; The current federal electoral system emerges; Protest and disaffection: the electoral system is put to the test; Regional and local electoral systems: party finance; The developing pattern of federal elections; The 2002 federal election: a unique event; Influence of the electoral system on the party system and individual parties; The diversity of electoral politics in practice; Conclusion; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.
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