1st Edition

New Paths for Selecting Political Elites Investigating the impact of inclusive Candidate and Party Leader Selection Methods

Edited By Giulia Sandri, Antonella Seddone Copyright 2021
    274 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    274 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book provides a cross-country study of the consequences of the expansion of intra-party democracy, the trend towards more inclusive methods of selection for party candidates and leaders, and the impact of these on political elites in terms of sociopolitical profile and patterns of careers.

    It explores the link between political organizations and political elites, by studying the role of parties in parliamentary and political selection and its impact on the political leadership appointed. Putting an emphasis on primary elections, it analyses the party elites that emerge from those selection processes and those democratized organizational settings. It focuses not only on the analysis of the processes through which party elites are selected and the consequences at the level of the party but also at the level of party elites themselves, i.e. what impact party primaries have on the characteristics parties’ candidates and leaders. The book offers a theoretical, comparative, and empirical account of the internal electoral processes of parties and their impact on political recruitment.

    This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of political elites, political parties and party systems, electoral politics, democracy, populism, and leadership, and more broadly to comparative politics.

    1. Intra-party selection methods and political elites: new trends and consequences

    Giulia Sandri and Antonella Seddone

    2. Choosing party leaders in Italy between personalization and democratization

    Marco Valbruzzi

    3. Playing with fire? The organizational consequences of party primaries in Spain

    Oscar Barberà and Juan Rodríguez-Teruel

    4. The outcomes of party primaries: (Dis)continuity in top candidates’ political and partisan profiles

    Javier Martínez-Cantó and Javier Astudillo

    5. Candidate selection, personalization of politics, and political careers: Insights from Italy

    Bruno Marino, Nicola Martocchia Diodati and Luca Verzichelli

    6. Impact of intraparty democracy on patterns of political career within Pan-Hellenic Socialist Movement: PASOK in Greece

    Dimitrios Kosmopoulos

    7. The effect of introducing primaries on the profiles of candidates in the Turkish context: The local experiences of candidates

    Faruk Aksoy

    8. Do candidate selection modes matter for the gender diversity within political elites? Evidence from the Belgian case in 2014

    Audrey Vandeleene

    9. The use of primaries for the selection of party leaders in the UK Conservative and Labour parties: Formal rules and ideological congruence

    Agnès Alexandre-Collier and Emmanuelle Avril

    10. Do different candidate selection methods produce different types of candidates? An analysis of the German case

    Elisa Deiss-Helbig

    11. The 'Belle Époque' of French primary. The evolution of the national and local framework of candidate selection

    Marino De Luca

    12. Political elites and party primaries

    Antonella Seddone and Giulia Sandri


    Giulia Sandri is Associate Professor at the European School of Political and Social Sciences of the Catholic University of Lille, France.

    Antonella Seddone is Assistant Professor at the Department of Cultures, Politics and Society of the University of Turin, Italy.