Representation and inequality in local politics

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Representation and inequality in local politics

This research project aims to investigate patterns of representation and inequality in German local politics. Three key aspects are taken into account to explain the patterns of representation: firstly, the unequal participation rates in electoral districts, secondly, the voting behaviour in small districts, and thirdly, the effects of local electoral law regulations.

Based on a variety of textual data sources (local manifestos and coalition agreements, minutes of the local council meetings) and relying on automated text analysis techniques, we assess to what extent neighbourhoods are fairly represented in municipal politics. The project is funded by the German Research Council (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) over three years (2020-2022).


Prof. Dr. Martin Gross (23.05.20) in Hallo München on the topic: Is this still the will of the voters? Position haggling or personality choice? - The Hallo overview of the new city quarter leaders:


Prof. Dr. Martin Gross in the Nordbayerischer Kurier (08.04.20) on the topic of "dual candidacies in local elections":


Prof. Dr. Martin Gross at (25.03.20) regarding the local elections in Bavaria 2020 on the topic: Corona and the election. A bonus for office-holders?