The first casting happens at home: role formation in the European parliamentary elections

Gherghina, S. and Chiru, M. (2012) The first casting happens at home: role formation in the European parliamentary elections. Southeast European and Black Sea Studies, 12(2), pp. 299-314. (doi:10.1080/14683857.2012.686014)

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Abstract

This article illustrates the importance of recruitment procedures for early representational role formation. Using data from elite interviews and socio-demographic characteristics of 34 Romanian candidates in the 2009 European parliamentary elections, our analysis fulfils two goals. Apart from substantiating the relationship between the degree of selection centralization and party-oriented roles, this study tests and validates new causal dimensions. Thus, a strong perception of the selectorates’ inclusiveness discourages the members of the European parliaments to act as party delegates. At the same time, longer party membership seems to have the opposite effect and seems to strengthen party loyalty.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gherghina, Dr Sergiu
Authors: Gherghina, S., and Chiru, M.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:Southeast European and Black Sea Studies
Publisher:Taylor and Francis (Routledge)
ISSN:1468-3857
ISSN (Online):1743-9639
Published Online:24 May 2012

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