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2020 ECPR Winter School in Methods & Techniques

Political Careers, Selection and Election

Party Members
Panel Number
Panel Chair
Werner Krause
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Panel Discussant
Wolfgang Rüdig
University of Strathclyde

06/09/2019 17:50 - 19:30
Building: (Building A) Faculty of Law, Administration & Economics Floor: 3rd floor Room: 309
The political careers, advancement of the political elites and how elected representative carry out their tasks as a core element of political representation. In order to get elected candidates need to overcome at least two obstacles. First is to get selected or nominated as a candidate, and in case of party lists, to be placed high enough on the list to have a chance of getting elected. Second obstacle is to get elected. In general incumbents have an advantage over non-elected politicians, both when it comes selection and election. For that several explanations have been suggested, for example that the incumbent is perceived to be more experienced, that the incumbent has greater access to the media and is better known to his selectors and electors. Personalisation of politics and the candidate-cantered electoral system creates incentives for parties to nominate candidates which are likely to attract votes, and that can favour both incumbent representatives and candidates which are otherwise well-known to the public, such as so-called celebrity candidates. The political careers of those who aspire for office or want to stay in office can be impacted by their own status (incumbent or not, celebrity or not), but at the same time they need to secure the support of their own party to keep their status. Furthermore, political career is also determined by elections which are preceded by political campaigns. In order to secure an election candidates can use different campaign styles, depending on where they are at in their political career, the political system and if applicable their status within their party. This panel brings together papers about how candidates and MPs advance their career and the impacts of their political background, their ties with co-partisans, their status within their party and campaign style.

Paper List

Title Details
Overconfidence: Does it Increase with Time in Office? View Paper Details
Political Experience, Ways of Campaigning and Electoral Success View Paper Details
Social Media Networks of Political Candidates in Belgium’s Multilevel Elections View Paper Details
When Parties Nominate Outsiders for PM? Party Capacity, Primaries and Competitive Electoral Environments View Paper Details
Why Primaries? Exploring the Causes and Decision-Making Behind Party Primaries in German Regional Party Branches View Paper Details
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