Do immigrant-origin candidates attract immigrant-origin voters in party-centred electoral systems? Evidence from Germany

Faculty/Professorship: Comparative Politics  
Author(s): Geese, Lucas 
Title of the Journal: Acta Politica
ISSN: 1741-1416
Publisher Information: Basingstoke, Hampshire : Palgrave Macmillan
Year of publication: 2018
Issue: First Online: 24 November 2018
Pages: 20 ; Online-Ressource
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.1057/s41269-018-0126-9
A burgeoning literature on minority representation asks whether immigrant-origin voters are more likely to vote for candidates of immigrant-origin (CIOs) than for native candidates, thus giving parties incentives to nominate CIOs. At present, however, evidence of such a link comes exclusively from candidate-centred electoral systems. The present study intends to narrow this gap by examining the influence of CIOs on the voting behaviour of immigrant-origin citizens in Germany, a more party-centred electoral environment. An empirical analysis of opinion survey and candidate data from the 2013 Bundestag election suggests that the electoral link between voters and CIOs is considerable. This paper is thus the first one to show that CIOs are a significant factor for the electoral mobilisation of immigrant-origin citizens in a party-centred electoral system.
Keywords: Voting behaviour, Immigrant-origin candidates, Immigrant-origin voters, Electoral systems, Party-centred electoral systems
Peer Reviewed: Ja
International Distribution: Ja
Type: Article
Year of publication: 29. November 2018