With Germany’s party list proportional representation (List PR) in the Bundestag, the most significant legislative body in Germany, the voters only get to vote for parties (a feature of proportional representation) rather than candidates. Generally, the actual representatives are chosen by party bosses, not by the people. The Germans despise quite a lot of what their so-called “elected” government does. But they have no real say.
ACE Electoral Knowledge Network — Advantages and disadvantages of List PR
Disadvantages of List PR:
Excessive entrenchment of power within party headquarters and in the hands of senior party leaderships—especially in closed-list systems. A candidate’s position on the party list, and therefore his or her likelihood of success, is dependent on currying favour with party bosses, while their relationship with the electorate is of secondary importance. In an unusual twist to the List PR system, in Guyana parties publish their list of candidates not ranked but simply ordered alphabetically. This allows party leaders even more scope to reward loyalty and punish independence because seats are only allocated to individuals once the result of the vote is known.
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