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Leaders, Factions and the Game of Intra-Party Politics

1st Edition

By Andrea Ceron


212 pages | 19 B/W Illus.

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The book provides a comprehensive view on the internal life of parties and investigates the dynamics of intra-party politics in different party environments to explain in which circumstances the party leader is more or less bound by the wills of party factions.

Analyzing almost 500 intra-party documents from Italy, Germany and France, it presents a theory of intra-party politics that illuminates internal decision-making processes and sheds light on the outcomes of factional conflicts on the allocation of payoffs within the party, on the risk of a party split and on the survival of the party leader. Using text analysis, the results show that consensual dynamics can allow to preserve party unity and that directly elected leaders can exploit their larger autonomy either to reward followers or to prevent splits.

This text will be of key interest to scholars and students of Party Politics, Political Institutions, European Politics and more broadly to Comparative Politics, Political Theory and Text Analysis.

Table of Contents

1. The Game of Intra-Party Politics

2. Factional Preferences in Italy, France and Germany

3. The Determinants of Factionalism

4. Bounded Oligarchy: Leaders, Factions and the Selection of Party Platform

5. Portfolio Allocation among Party Factions

6. The Politics of Fission: Party Splits in Italy, France and Germany

7. Intra-Party Conflict and the Survival of Party Leaders

8. Conclusion

About the Author

Andrea Ceron is Assistant Professor at the Department of Social and Political Sciences, University of Milan, Italy.

About the Series

Routledge Studies on Political Parties and Party Systems

This new series focuses on major issues affecting political parties in a broad sense. Therefore, we welcome any high-quality suggestions for edited, single or co-authored books dealing with political parties and party systems in Europe and beyond (by which we mean we are also open to comparative projects examining regions outside of Europe). In particular, we would like to invite book proposals that aim to improve our present understanding of political parties and party system through the examination of the following issues:

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  • the more frequent presence of party system change
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