Objective and subjective party leadership selection: regulations, activists, and voters in Poland

Radecki, M. and Gherghina, S. (2015) Objective and subjective party leadership selection: regulations, activists, and voters in Poland. European Politics and Society, 16(4), pp. 598-612. (doi:10.1080/23745118.2015.1072342)

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Abstract

Over the last two decades, an increasing number of political parties have gradually formalized the influence of members in the process of leadership selection. This evolution has determined two partly contrasting behaviors in the new democracies of Eastern Europe: inclusive decision-making was formally mentioned but empirical evidence indicates implementation problems. Consequently, it remains an empirical question to what extent the East European political parties apply the formal provisions of inclusiveness when selecting their leaders. In order to provide an answer, this article compares the statutes and election regulations of four Polish parties with opinions of party members and voters. This study combines qualitative content analysis with aggregate statistics from individual-level data collected at the national level and covers the 2007–2011 electoral cycle.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gherghina, Dr Sergiu
Authors: Radecki, M., and Gherghina, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:European Politics and Society
Publisher:Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
ISSN:2374-5118
ISSN (Online):2374-5126
Published Online:17 August 2015

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