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Assigning committee seats in mixed-member systems : how important is "localness" compared to the mode of election?


Gschwend, Thomas; Shugart, Matthew S.; Zittel, Thomas


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Abstract "Committees are important features in legislative decision making. The question of who serves on what committee is thus an important one. This paper asks about how mixed electoral systems affect the way committee seats are allocated. Stratmann and Baur (2002) argue that German parties strategically assign nominally elected legislators to those committees that allow them to please their local constituents. Our paper questions this argument in light of the functioning of the German mixed-member system and the individual motivations of German MPs. We argue that the motivations of German legislators do not necessarily mirror their mode of election, and that German parties do not necessarily perceive winning nominal votes as a predominant goal. We hypothesize that German parties aim to increase their vote share on the list-vote (Zweitstimme) by supporting legislators with a strong local focus independent of their mode of election. We will test this argument empirically drawing from the German Candidate Study 2005 and from statistical data on committee membership for the 16th German Bundestag (2005-2009)." (author's abstract)
Thesaurusschlagwörter Federal Republic of Germany; electoral system; party; representative; preference; second vote; candidacy; Bundestag; parliamentary committee; election campaign; electoral district; political science; local election
Klassifikation politische Willensbildung, politische Soziologie, politische Kultur
Methode empirisch
Sprache Dokument Englisch
Publikationsjahr 2009
Erscheinungsort Mannheim
Seitenangabe 34 S.
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