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Candidates in the 2005 Bundestag election : mode of candidacy, campaigning and issues

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Wüst, Andreas M.; Schmitt, Hermann; Gschwend, Thomas; Zittel, Thomas

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Abstract "Electoral campaigns are conducted by parties and candidates to convince the people to turn out to vote and to vote for them instead of voting for a competitor. In parliamentary democracies, and especially in those that apply electoral systems of proportional representation with closed party lists, parties and their top candidates for prime minister or for chancellor are considered to be the main actors in campaigns. Consequently, electoral campaigns are primarily party campaigns which are neither won nor lost by any 'average' candidate. Parties structure the electoral competition by collectively emphasising certain issues and by presenting a rather cohesive ideological perspective in a campaign. Further, candidates and elected MPs are first and foremost representatives of their parties with very limited personal room for political manoeuvre. While this assessment is not challenged in principle, we argue that it cuts too short. In addition to parties, candidates play important roles in electoral campaigns, and due to the modernisation of parties and campaigns, we expect a substantial degree of personalised campaigning which is likely to increase in the future. Given the particular mixed-member electoral system used to elect the German Bundestag, we are able to differentiate the campaign of pure constituency candidates, pure list candidates and the most frequent hybrids who ran for office both in a constituency and on a party list in 2005." (author's abstract)
Keywords Federal Republic of Germany; election to the Bundestag; candidacy; election campaign; politician; representation; party; personalization; individualization
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Method empirical
Document language English
Publication Year 2006
Page/Pages 420–438 p.
Journal German Politics, 15 (2006) 4
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09644000601062576
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
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