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The Politics of Party Leadership: A Cross-National Perspective

William Cross and Jean-Benoit Pilet


This book provides a thematically organized examination of political party leadership selection. There is widespread agreement that political party leaders are increasingly important in election campaigns, governing and internal party decision making. Making use of a unique data set that includes more than 1000 leadership elections from over 100 parties in 14 countries over an almost 50 year period, this book provides a comparative examination of how parties choose their leaders and the impact of the different decisions they make in this regard. Among the issues examined are how leaders are ch ... More

Keywords: party leadership selection, political parties, intra-party democracy, party organization, political leaders, party primaries, party politics, party reform

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198748984
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198748984.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William Cross, editor
Professor and Bell Chair in Canadian Parliamentary Democracy, Carleton University

Jean-Benoit Pilet, editor
Professor in Political Science, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)

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Chapter 1 Uncovering the Politics of Party Leadership

Jean-Benoit Pilet and William P. Cross

Chapter 2 Leadership Selection Methods and Party Types

Marco Lisi, André Freire, and Oscar Barberà

Chapter 3 Explaining Change in Party Leadership Selection Rules

Mihail Chiru, Anika Gauja, Sergiu Gherghina, and Juan Rodríguez-Teruel

Chapter 4 Competitiveness of Party Leadership Selection Processes

Ofer Kenig, Gideon Rahat, and Or Tuttnauer

Chapter 5 Electing Women as Party Leaders

Bram Wauters and Jean-Benoit Pilet

Chapter 6 Understanding Leadership Profile Renewal

Giulia Sandri, Antonella Seddone, and Fulvio Venturino

Chapter 7 Why Some Leaders Die Hard (and Others Don’t)

Laurenz Ennser-Jedenastik and Gijs Schumacher

Chapter 8 The End of the Affair

Oliver Gruber, William P. Cross, Scott Pruysers, and Tim Bale

Chapter 9 Do Leadership Changes Improve Electoral Performance?

Helene Helboe Pedersen and Gijs Schumacher

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