The more concentrated, the better represented? The geographical concentration of immigrants and their descriptive representation in the German mixed-member system
Geese, Lucas; Schacht, Diana (2023): „The more concentrated, the better represented? The geographical concentration of immigrants and their descriptive representation in the German mixed-member system“. Bamberg: Otto-Friedrich-Universität.
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International Political Science Review, 40 (2019), 5, S. 643-658. - ISSN: 1460-373X
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Does the geographical concentration of ethnic minorities influence their descriptive representation in closed-list systems? Counterintuitive to the idea that single-member district electoral rules are necessary for minorities’ geographical representation, we argue that, in closed-list systems, parties are incentivised to allocate promising list positions to those minority candidates who are based in geographical areas where minorities concentrate. Empirically, we provide a case study of the list positions of dual candidates of immigrant origin running in the German mixed-member system in 2013. Results show a relationship between the list positions of candidates of immigrant origin and geographical concentrations of immigrant-origin residents.
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March 30, 2023