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Combining the third vote with traditional elections

Tangian, Andranik S.

The German two-vote election system implements two historical conceptions of political representation coined at the end of the 18th century during the American and French Revolutions. The descriptive conception — the parliament portrays the society in miniature — is implemented in the first vote with which local candidates are delegated to the federal parliament. The agent conception — the parliament consists of people’s trustees who are not necessarily their countrymen — is implemented in the second vote for a party. The recent conception of representation, policy representation — how well the party system and government represent policy preferences of the electorate, is supported by no election instrument, and the Third Vote election method just aims at filling in this gap.
Under the ‘Third Vote’, the voters cast no votes but are asked about their preferences on policy issues as declared in the party manifestos (like in VAAs — voting advice applications, e.g. German Wahl-O-Mat: Abolish Euro?—Yes/No; Leave NATO?—Yes/No, etc.). Then the policy profile of the electorate with the balance of public opinion on every issue is determine ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000095488
Veröffentlicht am 05.06.2019
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Volkswirtschaftslehre (ECON)
Publikationstyp Forschungsbericht
Jahr 2019
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2190-9806
KITopen-ID: 1000095488
Verlag KIT, Karlsruhe
Umfang viii, 53 S.
Serie Working Paper Series in Economics ; 132
Schlagworte Policy representation, representative democracy, direct democracy, elections, coalitions, theory of voting
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