Party politics

Party behavior and competition
The major goal is to explain the ideological changes of parties. Since I mainly rely on position data derived from the CMP raw data, ideological change pertains to changes from one election to the next. The set of determinants I am particularly focusing on relates to the organizational nature of parties.

Publications:
(2015): Asset or liability? The influence of changes in party membership on party ideology. Party Politics 21 (1): 17-27

Fischer, Jörn, André Kaiser and Ingo Rohlfing (2006): The push and pull of ministerial resignations in Germany, 1969-2005. West European Politics 29 (4): 709-735

 

Party organizations
Parties are political organizations, but they are often modeled as unitary actors and black boxes. I aim to analyze different dimensions of party organizations such as membership development, candidate selection, and leadership selection. With regard to members, one question is whether supporters and members systematically respond to changes in party status in terms of government and opposition membership. On the institutional side, I draw on data on selection procedures for parliamentary candidates and explore whether there are systematic links between the degree of decentralization and inclusion of the candidate selection procedure. Moreover, the selection procedures are connected to the development of party membership.

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