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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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Leadership Selection in Non-Westminster Democracies 1

Leadership Selection in Non-Westminster Democracies 1

(p.156) Chapter 8 Leadership Selection in Non-Westminster Democracies1
Politics at the Centre

William Cross

André Blais

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers whether the findings thus far have applicability outside the Westminster cases. Specifically, this chapter reviews the available evidence on who selects party leaders in two non-Westminster countries with very different institutional arrangements: Belgium and the United States. In both cases, one a consociational democracy and the other a presidential system, a similar expansion of the leadership selectorate is found. In fact, parties in both countries are found to have moved earlier and further in this regard than have the Westminster parties. Notwithstanding this, similar patterns are found across these systems suggesting that the findings in the earlier chapters may largely be generalizable beyond the five countries examined.

Keywords:   intra-party democracy, party organizational reform, leadership selectorate, consociational democracy

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