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Politics at the CentreThe Selection and Removal of Party Leaders in the Anglo Parliamentary Democracies$
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William P. Cross and André Blais

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199596720

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199596720.001.0001

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Running, Getting Elected, and Staying in Office

Running, Getting Elected, and Staying in Office

(p.113) Chapter 6 Running, Getting Elected, and Staying in Office
Politics at the Centre

William Cross

André Blais

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores three of the defining characteristics of leadership politics: competitiveness of contests, who wins, and leaders’ longevity. Leadership contests are often not competitive as many are decided by acclamation, and when there is a contest the front runner is often an easy winner. Party leaders are disproportionately male and most have significant parliamentary experience. The impact of selection and removal rules on these three dimensions is considered with some significant differences on each measure found depending on the rules parties adopt relating to who selects the leader and their relative security once in office. For example, parties with expanded selectorates are more likely to choose leaders with less parliamentary experience.

Keywords:   party leadership competitiveness, party leaders, leadership tenures, intra-party democracy, gender and leadership selection

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