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Germany: Stability and Strategy in a Mixed‐Member Proportional System

Thomas Saalfeld

in The Politics of Electoral Systems

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780199257560
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603280 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199257566.003.0010
 Germany: Stability and Strategy in a Mixed‐Member Proportional System

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If mixed-member systems are ‘in vogue’, then the choice of many electoral reformers in Germany is the archetype for this system. Electors have two votes, one for a candidate in a single member district and one for a party on a closed party list. Voters can, and increasingly do ‘split their tickets’, voting strategically for different parties on the two ballots, with the possible aim of influencing coalition formation. The electoral system has enjoyed strong support and is unlikely to be changed.

Keywords: mixed-member proportional; legal threshold; ticket-splitting; surplus seats

Chapter.  9084 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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