State Structures, Electoral Systems and Party Systems
Chapter 6 moves the focus of the study away from voter behaviour and towards the architecture of the political marketplace in which political parties operate. The chapter examines the impact of three institutional structures on party politics in Germany and in a comparative perspective. The first two are formal institutions. These are, first, the structure of the state and, second, the electoral system or — as in the case of Germany — systems used to aggregate voter choice. The third is the party system or, again in the case of the Federal Republic, party systems that are framed by these formal institutions. The chapter is structured as follows: state and administrative structures are examined in Section 6.2, followed by electoral systems in Section 6.3 and party systems in Section 6.4. Finally, the chapter ends with a brief summary of the data and arguments.
KeywordsParty Politics Electoral System Median Voter Party System Veto Player
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