We examine elite support for electoral arrangements in Germany and New Zealand. Both countries share a mixed electoral system (MMP) that combines single member districts with proportional representation. New Zealand's experience with MMP is relatively brief, having held just three elections since 1996 while Germany's experience dates back to the 1950s. Using data collected through surveys of parliamentary candidates we consider how various factors such as partisan self-interest, minority status, incumbency, ideology, and attitudes about candidate selection structure support for the electoral system. We find strong overall support for MMP in both countries, with small parties and those to the left of the ideological spectrum being most supportive of the system. Those who are dissatisfied with MMP are likely to be those dissatisfied with the candidate selection process or those in the opposition.
|Number of pages||28|
|Publication status||Published - 28 Aug 2003|
|Event||99th Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA) 2003 - Philadelphia, United States|
Duration: 28 Aug 2003 → 31 Aug 2003
|Conference||99th Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA) 2003|
|Period||28/08/03 → 31/08/03|
Karp, J. A., Schmitt, H., & Wüst, A. M. (2003). Electoral Systems and Government Arrangements: Preferences of Parliamentary Candidates in Germany, the Netherlands and New Zealand. Paper presented at 99th Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA) 2003, Philadelphia, United States.