The more concentrated, the better represented? The geographical concentration of immigrants and their descriptive representation in the German mixed-member system

Faculty/Professorship: Comparative Politics  
Author(s): Geese, Lucas ; Schacht, Diana
Title of the Journal: International Political Science Review
ISSN: 0192-5121
Publisher Information: London : Sage
Year of publication: 2018
Volume: 40
Issue: 5
Pages: 643-658
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.1177/0192512118796263
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.
GND Keywords: Deutschland; Bundestagswahl; Kandidat; Ethnische Gruppe; Migrationshintergrund; Personalisierte Verhältniswahl; Repräsentation <Politik>; Geschichte 2013
Keywords: Descriptive representation, mixed-member systems, immigrant-origin candidates, geographical concentrations, ethnic minorities
DDC Classification: 320 Political Science  
RVK Classification: MG 15460   
Peer Reviewed: Ja
International Distribution: Ja
Type: Article
Year of publication: 29. November 2018