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

Author(s): Geese, Lucas ; Schacht, Diana
Publisher Information: Bamberg : Otto-Friedrich-Universität
Year of publication: 2023
Pages: 643-658
Source/Other editions: International Political Science Review, 40 (2019), 5, S. 643-658. - ISSN: 1460-373X
is version of: 10.1177/0192512118796263
Year of first publication: 2018
Language(s): English
Licence: German Act on Copyright 
URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:473-irb-587192
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, closed-list systems
DDC Classification: 320 Political Science  
RVK Classification: MG 15460   
Type: Article
Release Date: 30. March 2023

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