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New Labour at the CentreConstructing Political Space$
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Andrew Hindmoor

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199273140

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199273146.001.0001

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Leadership and the Construction of the Centre

Leadership and the Construction of the Centre

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(p.169) 9 Leadership and the Construction of the Centre
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New Labour at the Centre
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Andrew Hindmoor

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199273146.003.0009

This chapter analyses leadership as an essential part of the party competition. It argues that the incentive created by the prospect of having to fight future elections is weaker in parties that have a strong leader. In such cases, voters are more likely to rely on screening. In response, parties select as their leaders politicians whom voters are likely to regard as trustworthy.

Keywords:   leadership, political parties, competition

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