Power Distribution in the Weimar Reichstag in 1919-1933

29 Pages Posted: 11 Apr 2011

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Fuad T. Aleskerov

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Manfred J. Holler

University of Hamburg - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration

Rita Kamalova

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Date Written: December 1, 2010

Abstract

We present an analysis of the distribution of voting power in the Reichstag of the Weimar Republic based on the outcome of the nine general elections in the period 1919-1933. The paper contains a brief description of the political and electoral system of the Weimar Republic and a characterization of the main political actors and their political views. The power distributions are evaluated by means of the Banzhaf index and three new indices which take into account the parties’ preferences to coalesce. A model is constructed to evaluate the parties’ preferences with reference to the closeness of the ideological positions in a one-dimensional political space.

Keywords: Weimar Republic, Reichstag, Banzhaf index, power distribution, preferences

Suggested Citation

Aleskerov, Fuad T. and Holler, Manfred J. and Kamalova, Rita, Power Distribution in the Weimar Reichstag in 1919-1933 (December 1, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1806310 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1806310

Fuad T. Aleskerov (Contact Author)

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Russia

Manfred J. Holler

University of Hamburg - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration ( email )

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Hamburg, 20146
Germany

Rita Kamalova

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

Myasnitskaya street, 20
Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

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