Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Länder and German federalism$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Arthur Gunlicks

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780719065323

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719065323.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM MANCHESTER SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.manchester.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Manchester University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in MSO for personal use (for details see www.manchester.universitypressscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 22 January 2019

Parties and politics in the Länder

Parties and politics in the Länder

(p.265) 8 Parties and politics in the Länder
The Länder and German federalism

Arthur B. Gunlicks

Manchester University Press

The American party system stands in sharp contrast to the German political parties, which, in spite of regional party organisations of varying strength, are hierarchically organised and member-based, programmatic, disciplined and led by leaders, usually the Chancellor, certain prime ministers of the Länder or other well-known office holders, who are elected by party organs for that purpose. The parties are financed by a mixture of private and public funds, the latter of which are very generous by international standards. Much of the private funding comes from the large dues-paying membership or supporters who, also in contrast to the United States, receive significant tax benefits for their contributions. This chapter discusses political parties and politics in the Länder. It first examines the relationship between federal and Land politics, including voting behaviour in national and regional elections, and then looks at voter turnout and voting behaviour, along with direct democracy.

Keywords:   Germany, Länder, political parties, politics, elections, voter turnout, voting behaviour, direct democracy, funding, United States

Manchester Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.