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German Electoral Politics$
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Geoffrey K. Roberts

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780719069901

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719069901.001.0001

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The German electoral system

The German electoral system

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(p.11) 2 The German electoral system
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German Electoral Politics
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Geoffrey K. Roberts

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719069901.003.0002

This chapter re-examines the development of the current electoral system. It takes note of some of the serious attempts that have been made to alter the basic features of the system, as well as the importance of electoral systems. From there, the discussion studies the three main features and two complicating factors of the German electoral system, as well as the importance of formerly neglected details in recent Bundestag elections, such as excess seats. Finally, the chapter discusses features of the electoral system that were reviewed by the Constitutional Court in 1997.

Keywords:   electoral system, Bundestag elections, excess seats, Constitutional Court

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