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

Professorship/Faculty: Lehrstuhl für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft 
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
Issue: First Published November 22, 2018
Pages / Size: Online-Ressource (16 Seiten)
Language(s): English
Licence: German Act on Copyright 
DOI: 10.1177/0192512118796263
Document Type: Article
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.
Keywords: Descriptive representation, mixed-member systems, immigrant-origin candidates, geographical concentrations, ethnic minorities
Peer Reviewed: Ja
International Distribution: Ja
Release Date: 27. November 2018