Bicameralism, intra-party bargaining, and the formation of party policy positions : evidence from the German federal system

Bäck, Hanna ; Debus, Marc ; Klüver, Heike

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Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2016
The title of a journal, publication series: Party Politics
Volume: 22
Issue number: 3
Page range: 405-417
Place of publication: London [u.a.]
Publishing house: Sage Publ.
ISSN: 1354-0688 , 1460-3683
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Social Sciences > Politikwissenschaft, Vergleichende Regierungslehre (Debus 2012-)
Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences- CDSS (Social Sciences)
Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department B
Subject: 320 Political science
Abstract: How do political parties arrive at their policy positions? We conceptualize position formation in federalist countries as an intra-party bargaining process in which subnational parties compete with each other in an attempt to get their own positions into their national party manifesto. Drawing on theories about inter-party bargaining over ministerial portfolios, we hypothesize that the bargaining success of subnational parties depends on their parliamentary strength. We evaluate our hypotheses based on a comprehensive dataset on policy positions of national and subnational parties in Germany from 1990 until 2009. Our results show that German subnational parties that are powerful in the second parliamentary chamber (Bundesrat) are particularly successful in shaping the manifesto of their national party. The findings have important implications for our understanding of intra-party politics and position formation within political parties in Germany more specifically and federalist countries more generally.

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