Running, Getting Elected, and Staying in Office

William Cross and André Blais

in Politics at the Centre

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199596720
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191740688 | DOI:

Series: Comparative Politics

Running, Getting Elected, and Staying in Office

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This chapter explores three of the defining characteristics of leadership politics: competitiveness of contests, who wins, and leaders’ longevity. Leadership contests are often not competitive as many are decided by acclamation, and when there is a contest the front runner is often an easy winner. Party leaders are disproportionately male and most have significant parliamentary experience. The impact of selection and removal rules on these three dimensions is considered with some significant differences on each measure found depending on the rules parties adopt relating to who selects the leader and their relative security once in office. For example, parties with expanded selectorates are more likely to choose leaders with less parliamentary experience.

Keywords: party leadership competitiveness; party leaders; leadership tenures; intra-party democracy; gender and leadership selection

Chapter.  6479 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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