Managing leader selection in European political parties / Nicholas Aylott, Niklas Bolin, editors.

Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2021]
xvi, 254 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.


  • Palgrave studies in political leadership series [More in this series]
  • Palgrave studies in political leadership
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This book explores the varying ways in which political parties in Europe make arguably their most important decisions: the selection of their leaders. The choice shapes the representation of a party externally. It also influences the management of internal conflict, because there will always be some disagreement about the partys direction. The rules of selection will naturally affect the outcome. Yet there is more to it than rules. Sometimes the process is open and fiercely contested. Sometimes the field of potential leaders is filtered even before the decision reaches the selectorate the organ that, according to party statutes, formally makes the appointment. The selectorate might have only a single candidate to ratify, a so-called coronation. The book presents a framework for analysing both the formal and informal sides of leader selection, and hones the framework through its application in a series of case studies from nine European countries. Nicholas Aylott is Associate Professor of Political Science at Sodertorn University, Sweden. He specialises in comparative politics, with a particular focus on political parties. He is co-author of Parties in Multi-Level Polities: The Nordic Countries Compared (2013) and has published in such journals as the European Journal of Political Research and Party Politics. Niklas Bolin is Associate Professor of Political Science at Mid Sweden University, Sweden. His main research interests are parties and elections, particularly organisation, leadership, intra-party democracy, radical right parties and green parties. He has published in journals including Party Politics, Scandinavian Political Studies and West European Politics.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • 1 Conflicts and coronations: Analyzing Leader Selection in European Political Parties
  • 2 Party Leadership Selection in Estonia: The Long-Lasting Authority of the "Founding Fathers"
  • 3 Finland: Open and Public Contests between Independent Candidates
  • 4 The Selection of Party Leaders in Germany
  • 5 Understanding how political parties in Europe select their leaders: The Italian Case
  • 6 Party leadership selection in Latvia: Divergent Practices of Precursory delegation
  • 7 From Coronation to Bear-Pit: Leadership selection in the party order and Justice
  • 8 How political parties select party leaders in Poland: Party leaders decide and party members endorse their decisions
  • 9 The rule of the Valberedning? Party leader selection in Sweden
  • 10 Steer or No steer? The selection of party leaders in Britian
  • 11 Patterns in leader selection: where does power lie?
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