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).
The project webpage can be found here: https://www.en.localpolitics.gsi.uni-muenchen.de/index.html