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Hanna Bäck

Professor

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Bicameralism, intra-party bargaining, and the formation of party policy positions : Evidence from the German federal system

Författare

  • Hanna Bäck
  • Marc Debus
  • Heike Klüver

Summary, in English

How do political parties arrive at their policy positions? We conceptualize position formation in federalist countries as an intra-party bargaining process in which subnational parties compete with each other in an attempt to get their own positions into their national party manifesto. Drawing on theories about inter-party bargaining over ministerial portfolios, we hypothesize that the bargaining success of subnational parties depends on their parliamentary strength. We evaluate our hypotheses based on a comprehensive dataset on policy positions of national and subnational parties in Germany from 1990 until 2009. Our results show that German subnational parties that are powerful in the second parliamentary chamber (Bundesrat) are particularly successful in shaping the manifesto of their national party. The findings have important implications for our understanding of intra-party politics and position formation within political parties in Germany more specifically and federalist countries more generally.

Avdelning/ar

  • Statsvetenskapliga institutionen

Publiceringsår

2016

Språk

Engelska

Sidor

405-417

Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie

Party Politics

Volym

22

Issue

3

Dokumenttyp

Artikel i tidskrift

Förlag

SAGE Publications

Ämne

  • Political Science

Nyckelord

  • bicameralism
  • election manifestos
  • federal systems
  • Germany
  • intra-party bargaining
  • policy positions
  • political parties

Aktiv

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Övrigt

  • ISSN: 1460-3683