Yael Shomer, "What affects
candidate selection processes? A cross-national
examination," Party Politics, 20 (July, 2014),
533-546. [Available at http://ppq.sagepub.com/content/vol20/issue4/
Intra-party candidate selection processes, that is, how
legislators gain permission to use the party's banner, have
been identified as one of the crucial aspects of parties'
organization. Indeed, when we think of parties we define the
expression as 'a group of citizens having the purpose of
making nominations and contesting elections in hope of
gaining control over governmental power through the capture
of public offices and the organization of the government'
(Huckshorn, 1984: 10). Therefore, we cannot regard parties
as linking citizens and the political sphere without paying
attention to the way political parties nominate legislative
- Figures and
- Figure 1. Selection Index.
- Figure 2. Relationship between Ideology /Region and
- Figure 3. Relationship between Regine Type
/Territorial Organaization and Selection processes.
- Figure 4. Propotion of Selection Procedures by
Average District Magnitude
- Figure 5. Propotion of Selection Procedures by Ballot
- Figure 6. Propotion of Selection Procedures by
- Table 1. What accounts for candidate selection
- Figure 7. Candidate Selection Frequencies.
- Figure 8. Propotion of Decentralization and
Selectorate by Electoral System
This article provides the most comprehensive and broad
analysis of candidate selection determinants. It challenges
some of the prevalent hypotheses in the literature
concerning what accounts for candidate selection processes.
The results also function as a cautionary tale against
amalgamating electoral systems and intra-party candidate
selection processes. Elections and selections are two
distinct institutions, both conceptually and empirically.
And whereas my analysis reveals that some relationships
exist between the two institutions, there is simply too much
variation within categories of electoral systems to safely
assume the amalgamation.