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Democracy within Parties: Candidate Selection Methods and Their Political Consequences

Reuven Y. Hazan and Gideon Rahat

Abstract

Can too much participation harm democracy? Democratic theory places great importance upon the conduct of elections, but it is not often recognized that the electoral game takes place in two arenas, not only between parties but also within them. This pioneering book presents a new approach to understanding political parties. It sheds light on the inner dynamics of party politics and offers the first comprehensive analysis of one of the most important processes any party undertakes – its process of candidate selection. Candidate selection methods are the mechanisms by which a party chooses its c ... More

Keywords: candidate selection, political parties, democracy, candidacy, selectorate, decentralization, appointment and voting, participation, representation, competition, responsiveness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199572540
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572540.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Reuven Y. Hazan, author
Political Science Department, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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Gideon Rahat, author
Political Science Department, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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