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Politics at the Centre – The Selection and Removal of Party Leaders in the Anglo Parliamentary Democracies - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Politics at the Centre: The Selection and Removal of Party Leaders in the Anglo Parliamentary Democracies

William P. Cross and André Blais


This book is a comparative study of the rules, norms, and behaviour surrounding political party leadership. The primary analysis includes twenty‐five parties in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom from 1965 onwards. The topics examined include methods of leadership selection and removal, and the nature of leadership politics. The themes of the book include intra-party democracy, with an emphasis on the relative roles of the parliamentary and extra‐parliamentary groups, and the causes of organizational reform within parties. Particular attention is paid to change ove ... More

Keywords: political party leadership selection, party leadership removal, party leadership politics, party organization, intra-party democracy, Westminster parties, parliamentary parties, party organizational reform

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199596720
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199596720.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William P. Cross, author
Hon. Dick and Ruth Bell Chair for the Study of Canadian Parliamentary Democracy, Carleton University

André Blais, author
Canada Research Chair in Electoral Studies, Université de Montréal