Palgrave Studies in Political Leadership

Managing Leader Selection in European Political Parties

Editors: Aylott, Nicholas, Bolin, Niklas (Eds.)

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  • Sheds considerable light on contemporary debates about intra-party democracy
  • Questions perceptions of party change through a comparative study of leader selection in nine European countries
  • Suggests a classification of leader selection that focuses less on the selectorate, and more on the prior steps in the process
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This book explores the varying ways in which political parties in Europe make arguably their most important decisions: the selection of their leaders. The choice shapes the representation of a party externally. It also influences the management of internal conflict, because there will always be some disagreement about the party’s direction. The rules of selection will naturally affect the outcome. Yet there is more to it than rules. Sometimes the process is open and fiercely contested. Sometimes the field of potential leaders is filtered even before the decision reaches the selectorate – the organ that, according to party statutes, formally makes the appointment. The selectorate might have only a single candidate to ratify, a so-called ‘coronation’. The book presents a framework for analysing both the formal and informal sides of leader selection, and hones the framework through its application in a series of case studies from nine European countries.

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Nicholas Aylott is Associate Professor of Political Science at Södertörn University, Sweden. He specialises in comparative politics, with a particular focus on political parties. He is co-author of Parties in Multi-Level Polities: The Nordic Countries Compared (2013) and has published in such journals as the European Journal of Political Research and Party Politics.

Niklas Bolin is Associate Professor of Political Science at Mid Sweden University, Sweden. His main research interests are parties and elections, particularly organisation, leadership, intra-party democracy, radical right parties and green parties. He has published in journals including Party Politics, Scandinavian Political Studies and West European Politics.

 


Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Managing Leader Selection in European Political Parties
Editors
  • Nicholas Aylott
  • Niklas Bolin
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Political Leadership
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-55000-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-55000-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-54999-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 254
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations
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