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Decision Making In Politics And Economics: 4. Bundestag Elections 2009 And Direct Democracy

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Executive Summary

Five German leading parties and their coalitions are evaluated from the viewpoint of direct democracy. For this purpose, the positions of the parties on over 30 topical issues are compared with the results of polls of public opinion. The outcomes are summarized in the indices of popularity and universality of the parties and of the DGB (German Confederation of Trade Unions). The selection of policy issues and the information on the party positions are given as in the Wahl-O-Mat (2010) for the last Bundestag (German parliamentary) elections 2009.

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