Can too much participation harm democracy? Democratic theory places great importance upon the conduct of elections, but it is not often recognized that the electoral game takes place in two arenas, not only between parties but also within them. This pioneering book presents a new approach to understanding political parties. It sheds light on the inner dynamics of party politics and offers the first comprehensive analysis of one of the most important processes any party undertakesits process of candidate selection. Candidate selection methods are the mechanisms by which a party chooses its candidates for the general elections. It may be the function that separates parties from other organizations. For such an important function, this field has certainly faced a dearth of serious investigation.
Hazan and Rahat, the leading scholars on this topic, conduct an in-depth analysis of the consequences of different candidate selection methods on democracy. Democracy within Parties is a culmination of almost two decades of research and defines the field of candidate selection.
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The General Editor is Professor David M. Farrell, School of Politics and International Relations, University College Dublin.
About the Author
Reuven Y. Hazan is a Professor in the Political Science Department at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research interests cover parties and party systems, elections and electoral systems, and legislative studies. His publications include articles in Comparative Political Studies, Electoral Studies, International Political Science Review, Journal of Legislative Studies, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Party Politics, Political Geography and various other journals.
Gideon Rahat is a Senior Lecturer in the Political Science Department at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research interests include political parties, candidate selection methods, electoral systems and the politics of electoral reform. He has written or collaborated on articles that appeared in Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Politics, Electoral Studies, Journal of Democracy, Party Politics, Political Communication, Political Studies and several other journals.
Table of Contents
1. What is candidate selection and why is it important for understanding politics?
3. The selectorate
5. Appointment and voting systems
10. Candidate selection, political parties, and democracy