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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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Second-order elections

Second-order elections

(p.98) 6 Second-order elections
German Electoral Politics

Geoffrey K. Roberts

Manchester University Press

This chapter analyses the ‘second-order’ elections – which include the elections to local councils, to the European Parliament and to Land legislatures – and defines ‘second-order’ elections as elections that do not directly affect the passing of national legislation or the organisation of the national government. The discussion focuses on the inter-relationships between these ‘second-order’ elections and Bundestag elections, which emphasise the relevant differences in the various electoral systems that are used, and also takes a look at the effects such elections can have on national politics.

Keywords:   second-order elections, local councils, European Parliament, Land legislatures, inter-relationships, Bundestag elections, electoral systems, national politics

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