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Democracy within PartiesCandidate Selection Methods and Their Political Consequences$
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Reuven Y. Hazan and Gideon Rahat

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199572540

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572540.001.0001

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What is Candidate Selection and Why is it Important for Understanding Politics?

What is Candidate Selection and Why is it Important for Understanding Politics?

(p.1) 1 What is Candidate Selection and Why is it Important for Understanding Politics?
Democracy within Parties

Reuven Y. Hazan (Contributor Webpage)

Gideon Rahat (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

The definition of candidate selection methods is the predominantly nonstandardized and unregimented mechanisms by which political parties choose their candidates for the general elections. The importance of candidate selection is not only for the candidates and their parties, but also for their parent legislature and its performance – it influences the balance of power within the party, determines the personal composition of parliaments, and impacts on the behavior of legislators. Research on candidate selection, as opposed to the wider concept of political recruitment, suffers from a lack of cross‐national empirical studies. This book focuses on realistic candidacies, which include all those list positions or districts that are seen at least as winnable before the elections, and on the trend toward democratization within parties.

Keywords:   candidate selection, political parties, definition of candidate selection, importance of candidate selection, research on candidate selection, political recruitment, realistic candidacies, democratization

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