ECPR Joint Sessions
University of Nottingham, Nottingham
25 - 30 April 2017

Political Leadership and Democratic Innovations: Primaries, Intra-Party Democracy and their Impact on Political Elites

Parties and elections

Workshop Director
Giulia Sandri
Université catholique de Lille – ESPOL
Workshop Co-Director
Antonella Seddone
Università degli Studi di Torino

26/04/2017 09:00
Building: Business School South Room: Room C02
The expansion of intra-party democracy, the adoption of new forms of e-participation and the introduction of new types of party membership are nowadays characterizing party politics in many advanced democracies. In particular, the trend towards more inclusive methods of selection of party candidates and leaders in several countries across the world and increasing data availability on intra-party democratic innovations (primary elections for instance) makes a research on the consequences of these trends both empirically relevant and feasible. The panel is thus dedicated to a systematic cross-time and cross-country study of such politically relevant phenomena and in particular on their impact on political elites. The research questions at the basis of this panel explore the party elites that emerge from those selection processes and those democratized organizational settings. Putting an emphasis on primary elections in particular, the panel focuses not only on the analysis of the processes through which party elites are selected and the consequences at the level of the party (organization and electoral success) but also at the level of party elites themselves, i.e. what impact party primaries have on the characteristics of parties’ candidates and leaders. What effects do primaries have on the selection of party elites? Do parties with primary elections choose as candidates and leaders people with different characteristics than ones without primaries? How do primaries affect the way parties are run by their elites? How do primaries affect the way leaders control the strategy and policy of parties? The panel also welcomes papers exploring the issue of the impact of inclusive selection methods on political elites though other dimensions of analysis, such as the one of responsiveness, accountability or party’s parliamentary cohesion.

Paper List

Be Careful what you Wish for: Intra-Party Democracy and its Impact on Political Elites in Polish Political Parties View Paper Details
Boost or Brake? The Effect of Candidate Selection Rules on MPs’ Political Careers – The Case of Italy (2006-2016) View Paper Details
Democratic Innovations or Utopian Ideas? The Cases of Cyber Parties in Japan View Paper Details
Do Candidate Selection Modes Matter for the Types of Political Elites? Evidence from the Belgian Case in 2014 View Paper Details
Do Party Primaries Decrease Incumbent Party Leaders’ Chances of being Reelected? View Paper Details
Intra-Party Democracy and Leadership Election Methods – A Comparative Analysis of Political Parties in Europe View Paper Details
Legal Regulation of Intra-Party Democracy: Case Study of Two Non-Parliamentary Parties in Ukraine View Paper Details
Party Elites and Political Career in a Context of Participatory Democracy: The Case of Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) in Greece View Paper Details
Party Organisational Change and Leader Effects on Voting Behaviour: Intra-Party Democracy, Leadership Strength and the Electoral Impact of Leaders View Paper Details
Popular Candidates and/or Party Soldiers? An Analysis of the Interactive Effect of Personalization and Candidates’ Congruence with their Party at the 2014 Belgian Elections View Paper Details
Prime Ministers Nominations in Comparative Perspective: When are Parties Willing to Experience Future Agency Losses? View Paper Details
Selecting Candidates through Party Primaries: Voters and Members’ Preferences in the 2014 Local Open Primary in Barcelona View Paper Details
Sore Losers? Intra-Party Competition and Member Activism View Paper Details
The MPs Dilemma. Responsiveness and Representation in Times of Legislative Primaries. Insights from the Italian Case View Paper Details
The Stars vs. Nominees of Locals: Who Wins the Primaries in the Turkish Context View Paper Details
The UMP’s Hesitant Conversion to Primary Elections: The Consequences of Imitation, Endogenous Rationales, and Statutory Uncertainty View Paper Details
The Use of Primaries in the UK Conservative and Labour Parties: Formal Rules and Ideological Changes View Paper Details
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