Abstract

The article provides an overview of intra-party candidate selection methods. It explains the significance of candidate selection and presents two main elements that distinguish between candidate selection methods: the inclusiveness of the selectorate and the level of their centralization. After examining the different methods used in several established and new democracies, it outlines their political consequences and suggests a way to design an optimally balanced method. Although methods of candidate selection have received surprisingly little study by political scientists, they merit the attention of students of democracy everywhere.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3214
Print ISSN
1045-5736
Pages
pp. 157-170
Launched on MUSE
2007-01-22
Open Access
No
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