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The German Electoral System and its Impact on Party Politics. Fulbright German Studies Seminar Berlin, June 2009 Isabelle Kuerschner , Ph.D. multi-member representation with closed party lists. Elections to the European Parliament. Distribution of seats.

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    1. The German Electoral System andits Impact on Party Politics Fulbright German Studies Seminar Berlin, June 2009 Isabelle Kuerschner, Ph.D.

    2. multi-member representation with closed party lists Electionstothe European Parliament The German Electoral System and its Impact on Party Politics Dr. Isabelle Kürschner

    3. Distribution ofseats The German Electoral System and its Impact on Party Politics Dr. Isabelle Kürschner

    4. Mixed-member-electoral-system • proportional representation and plurality principle • regular number of seats in the Bundestag 598. • 299 for single seat districts • 299 for list candidates. Electionstothe „Bundestag“ The German Electoral System and its Impact on Party Politics Dr. Isabelle Kürschner

    5. 34,2% 222 seats 27,8% 180 seats 7,4% 46 seats 8,1% 51 seats 9,8% 61 seats 8,7% 54 seats The 2005 Bundestags election The German Electoral System and its Impact on Party Politics Dr. Isabelle Kürschner

    6. voters have the right to cast two votes • nominal ballot – first ballot – selects a candidate by plurality in single-member districts. • list ballot – the second ballot – is the party vote Electionstothe „Bundestag“ The German Electoral System and its Impact on Party Politics Dr. Isabelle Kürschner

    7. Electionstothe „Bundestag“ The German Electoral System and its Impact on Party Politics Dr. Isabelle Kürschner

    8. Electionstothe „Bundestag“ The German Electoral System and its Impact on Party Politics Dr. Isabelle Kürschner

    9. 34,2% 222 seats 27,8% 180 seats 7,4% 46 seats 8,1% 51 seats 9,8% 61 seats 8,7% 54 seats The 2005 Bundestags election The German Electoral System and its Impact on Party Politics Dr. Isabelle Kürschner

    10. 1. Party system (1950ies – 1983) • CDU/CSU, SPD, FDP (two-and-a-half) • 2. Party system (1983 – 1990ies) • CDU/CSU, SPD, FDP, Greens (two-and-two-halves) • 3. Party system (1990ies – today) • CDU/CSU, SPD, FDP, Greens, Left Party (two-and-three-halves) Political Parties in theElectoralProcess The German Electoral System and its Impact on Party Politics Dr. Isabelle Kürschner

    11. The German Electoral System and its Impact on Party Politics Dr. Isabelle Kürschner

    12. The German Electoral System and its Impact on Party Politics Dr. Isabelle Kürschner