A Day in the Bundestag – April 23, 2013
1. The dynamics of the multi-party system were good to learn because you see how they interact with each other in order to pass legislation. It did seem less argumentative than some of the other systems that we role played with.
2. The size of a party seemed to matter most when it came down to negotiations as opposed to ideology. This is because the size of a party determines many aspects of this, like the amount of time given for speaking and representation on committees.
3. The effects of the electoral system on the playing field is important. This is because you must attain at least 5% of the vote in order to gain representation in Parliament. It also helps to determine speaking time and number of committee chairs a party can have. The 5% also helps to keep out extremism and keep in moderate viewpoints.
4. In my opinion there are enough parties in the Bundestag for alternative policies. If one party does not represent your viewpoints enough there are others that probably will, although maybe not extreme viewpoints that some people look for. The Germans have a fair system that allows for many viewpoints without stifling others.
5. I did not know how important a role the committees played in regards to shaping legislation within government and working with the executive.