On a Short Leash? Sub-National Party Positions between Regional Context and National Party Unity

Müller, Jochen

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/17457289.2012.742092
URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1745728...
Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2013
The title of a journal, publication series: Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties
Volume: 23
Issue number: 2
Page range: 177-199
Place of publication: Abingdon, Oxfordshire
Publishing house: Routledge
ISSN: 1745-7289 , 1745-7297
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department B
Subject: 320 Political science
Abstract: Do sub-national parties reproduce the programmatic orientation of the party as a whole? Or are they able to adjust their programmatic orientation to their sub-national electorate? I seek to answer these questions based on the policy positions of German sub-national parties and survey data on voters' positions. Referring to these very similar parties – which all have to commit themselves to certain policy positions in the run-up to state elections – allows for a controlled analysis of sub-national parties' autonomy. The analyses reveal that the regional context does play a role; voters' preferences and the unemployment rate appear to influence the dynamics of party positions. However, the results also show that regional branches of the same party change their positions in a similar way and also seek not to distance themselves too far from the national party line. This indicates that German sub-national parties appear first and foremost to be regional party branches of national parties.

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