Lecture 15 - Germany Politcal Systems and Institutions II

Lecture 15 - Germany Politcal Systems and Institutions II -...

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Germany – Political System and Institutions Replacing a Member of Parliament - If a member of the Bundestag leaves his/her post, for whatever reason: o He/she is replaced by another person from the party list from his/her home state o For example: if a Christian-Democrat from Bavaria resigns his post, he will be replaced by another C-D from Bavaria o The successor is chosen by the “Landeswahlleiter” of the relevant state, that is by the appointed official responsible for coordinating elections in a given state o If nobody from the party list is available, the seat remains empty. Bundesrat - Not directly elected: consists of representatives of state governments - State governments appoint 69 members roughly proportionate to state size; usually: members of state cabinets - Hence: Bundesrat = sort of permanent conference of Prime Ministers of states - Vote of representatives from one state cast as one block following instructions of state government - Role: representing state interests in federal law-making
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This note was uploaded on 04/05/2008 for the course POLI SCI 106 taught by Professor Hererra during the Fall '08 term at University of Wisconsin.

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