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Candidates, Parties and Voters in the Belgian Partitocracy

Editors: Vandeleene, Audrey, De Winter, Lieven, Baudewyns, Pierre (Eds.)

  • Analyses the variations of Belgian candidates’ political and socio-demographic background, campaign behaviour towards voters and parties, and policy views
  • Digs into the triadic delegation and accountability relationship between candidates, voters, and parties
  • Based on rich data from the Belgian Candidate Survey 2014
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About this book

This book focuses on the triadic relationship between electoral candidates and the two other poles of the delegation and accountability triangle—political parties and voters. The chapters rely mostly on the Belgian Candidate Survey (CCS project), gathering about 2000 candidates belonging to 15 parties represented in Parliament and running for the 2014 federal and regional elections, and the authors’ conclusions serve at answering broad political science questions linked with elite recruitment, party and candidate electoral strategies, personalisation, party cohesion, and descriptive and substantive representation. Its multilevel semi-open electoral system, atypical federal structure, extreme party system fragmentation and volatility make Belgium an exceptionally rich but complex case that offers findings highly relevant to research on candidates in other democracies.

About the authors

Audrey Vandeleene is Researcher in the Department of Political Science at Lund University, Sweden.
Lieven De Winter is Senior Professor of Political Science at the Centre of Political Science and Comparative Politics (CESPOL), Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium.
Pierre Baudewyns is Professor of Political Science at the Centre of Political Science and Comparative Politics (CESPOL), Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium.

Reviews

“This book successfully frames the triadic relationship between candidates, voters and parties within the principal–agent theory by making theoretically relevant the distinction between realistic and non-realistic candidates and by approaching the Belgian multilevel elections of May 2014 as a comparative test. It greatly improves our knowledge on political representation.” (Paolo Segatti, University of Milan, Italy)

“This book is a major and timely contribution to the important and growing field of studies about democratic representation. The authors cover important dimensions of the triadic link between voters, parties and candidates that help explain differences and similarities in candidates’ background, campaign activities, policy congruence and views on representation and democracy.” (Eva H. Önnudóttir, University of Iceland, Iceland)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Introduction: Candidates Between Parties and Voters—A Triadic Relationship in the Belgian Partitocracy

    Vandeleene, Audrey (et al.)

    Pages 1-44

  • The Effects of the Political Parties’ Selective Bias on Descriptive Representation: Analysis of the Candidates’ Sociological and Political Background

    Dodeigne, Jérémy (et al.)

    Pages 47-76

  • The More, the Smoother? Candidate Selection and Intraparty Competition

    Vandeleene, Audrey (et al.)

    Pages 77-103

  • Who Wins More? Understanding Preferential Voting by Means of Context and Candidates’ Background and Campaigning

    Gallina, Marta (et al.)

    Pages 105-128

  • The Puzzle of Personalisation of Politics: Evidence from Candidate Campaigns in Belgium 2007–2014

    De Winter, Lieven (et al.)

    Pages 131-160

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-96460-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-96459-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Candidates, Parties and Voters in the Belgian Partitocracy
Editors
  • Audrey Vandeleene
  • Lieven De Winter
  • Pierre Baudewyns
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-96460-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-96460-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-96459-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVI, 398
Number of Illustrations
28 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
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