Month: March 2015

New Publication on S21 Referendum and Information Booklet

electoral_studiesAn article recently published in Electoral Studies analyzes the information landscape before the referendum on Stuttgart21 and its impact on citizens’ information. The results show that the information booklet, which the government of Baden-Württemberg distributed to all households and which contained the most important arguments against and in favor of the project, was most influential. The information booklet achieved a wide range, was perceived by many citizens from different circles and increased the citizens’ knowledge on the topic. As the impact of the state on citizens’ information in the run-up to direct democratic decisions thus becomes clear, the state should aim at a wide and balanced information distribution.

New Publication: “German Politics” Special Issue

german_politicsLast week, a special issue of “German Politics” on “Voters and Voting in Germany’s Multi-level System” edited by Sigrid Roßteutscher, Thorsten Faas, and Kai Arzheimer was published. Single articles can be elooked at and downloaded on the publisher’s website.

  • Sigrid Roßteutscher, Thorsten Faas, Kai Arzheimer: Voters and Voting in Multilevel Systems – An Introduction
  • Arthur Benz: Making Democracy Work in a Federal System
  • Sigrid Roßteutscher, Thorsten Faas: Multi-Level Voting: A Stabilising Force or a Push towards Increasing Voter Volatility?
  • Heiko Giebler, Aiko Wagner: Contrasting First- and Second-Order Electoral Behaviour: Determinants of Individual Party Choice in European and German Federal Elections
  • Angelika Vetter: Just a Matter of Timing? Local Electoral Turnout in Germany in the Context of National and European Parliamentary Elections
  • Evelyn Bytzek: The Nexus between National Party Preferences and State Elections – A Long-Term Perspective
  • Michèle Knodt, Michael Stoiber: European Elections in Germany: Legitimacy for the European Union?

New Research Project: Evaluating the “Participatory Legislative Process” of the Planned Transparency Law in Rhineland-Palatinate

transparenzgesetzIn cooperation with the Bertelsmann foundation, our team of empirical political researchers accompanies the participatory process of the planned transparency law in Rhineland-Palatinate. The aim of our study, which includes several different methods, is to examine whether the process meets the criteria of good citizen participation and to which extent the participatory process has an impact on the citizens’ attitudes towards the planned transparency law, democracy in Rhineland-Palatinate in general and the participatory process itself. Furthermore, public opinion and the “participatory footprint” will be scrutinized.

Further information on our project are available on our project site.

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