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Leadership Selection in Non-Westminster Democracies<sup>1</sup>

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199596720.003.0008

Series: Comparative Politics

Leadership Selection in Non-Westminster Democracies1

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This chapter considers whether the findings thus far have applicability outside the Westminster cases. Specifically, this chapter reviews the available evidence on who selects party leaders in two non-Westminster countries with very different institutional arrangements: Belgium and the United States. In both cases, one a consociational democracy and the other a presidential system, a similar expansion of the leadership selectorate is found. In fact, parties in both countries are found to have moved earlier and further in this regard than have the Westminster parties. Notwithstanding this, similar patterns are found across these systems suggesting that the findings in the earlier chapters may largely be generalizable beyond the five countries examined.

Keywords: intra-party democracy; party organizational reform; leadership selectorate; consociational democracy

Chapter.  5729 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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