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Leadership and the Construction of the Centre

Andrew Hindmoor

in New Labour at the Centre

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780199273140
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601897 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199273146.003.0009
 Leadership and the Construction of the Centre

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This chapter analyses leadership as an essential part of the party competition. It argues that the incentive created by the prospect of having to fight future elections is weaker in parties that have a strong leader. In such cases, voters are more likely to rely on screening. In response, parties select as their leaders politicians whom voters are likely to regard as trustworthy.

Keywords: leadership; political parties; competition

Chapter.  7833 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: UK Politics

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