Keeping the doors closed: leadership selection in post-communist Romania

Chiru, M. and Gherghina, S. (2012) Keeping the doors closed: leadership selection in post-communist Romania. East European Politics and Societies, 26(3), pp. 510-537. (doi:10.1177/0888325411428969)

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Abstract

This article is the first systematic exploration of the leadership selection process in the Romanian party system. We use process-tracing and qualitative tools, using data from party statutes and documents of the national conventions. We focus on the parliamentary political parties throughout the entire post-communist period. The analysis shows that nothing has changed at the level of centralization of decision, and inclusiveness with the members’ involvement remaining marginal in all parties. The competitiveness of the internal elections presents a more diverse and dynamic picture. We propose a novel typology for cross-case comparisons that illustrates the association between informal decentralization and increased competitiveness. Second, we advance explanations for the persistence of the “exclusiveness” status quo that take into account intraorganizational, institutional, and exogenous factors.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gherghina, Dr Sergiu
Authors: Chiru, M., and Gherghina, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:East European Politics and Societies
Publisher:SAGE
ISSN:0888-3254
ISSN (Online):1533-8371
Published Online:14 December 2011

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