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Second-order elections

Geoffrey K. Roberts

in German Electoral Politics

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780719069901
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701584 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719069901.003.0006
Second-order elections

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This chapter analyses the ‘second-order’ elections – which include the elections to local councils, to the European Parliament and to Land legislatures – and defines ‘second-order’ elections as elections that do not directly affect the passing of national legislation or the organisation of the national government. The discussion focuses on the inter-relationships between these ‘second-order’ elections and Bundestag elections, which emphasise the relevant differences in the various electoral systems that are used, and also takes a look at the effects such elections can have on national politics.

Keywords: second-order elections; local councils; European Parliament; Land legislatures; inter-relationships; Bundestag elections; electoral systems; national politics

Chapter.  8771 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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