Politics at the Centre: The Selection and Removal of Party Leaders in the Anglo Parliamentary…

Hardcover | February 15, 2012

byWilliam P. Cross, Andre Blais

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Politics at the Centre is a comparative study of the rules, norms and behaviour surrounding political party leadership. The primary analysis includes 25 parties in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom from 1965 onwards. The topics covered include methods ofleadership selection and removal and the nature of leadership politics. The themes of the book include intra party democracy, with an emphasis on the relative roles of the parliamentary and extra parliamentary groups, and the causes of organizational reform within parties.Particular attention is paid to change over time and to differences among parties with explanations offered for both. Considerable attention is paid to the trend of expanding the leadership selectorate including consideration of why many parties are adopting this reform while others resist it.Data, collected from more than 200 leadership elections, are analyzed to consider issues such as the competitiveness of leadership contests, the types of individuals who win the contests and the longevity of leaders. The influence of different methods of selection and removal on these issues isalso examined.Much of the analysis is based on in-country interviews conducted with active politicians, former and current party leaders, political journalists and officials of the extra parliamentary parties. Extensive use is also made of a comprehensive review of party documents related to leadershipselection. Many real-life examples from all five countries are used to illustrate the central concepts and themes.A separate chapter considers the applicability of the findings from the Westminster systems to parties in other parliamentary and presidential systems. The concluding chapter makes a normative argument for a particular version of leadership selection and removal.Comparative Politics is a series for students, teachers, and researchers of political science that deals with contemporary government and politics. Global in scope, books in the series are characterised by a stress on comparative analysis and strong methodological rigour. The series is published inassociation with the European Consortium for Political Research. For more information visit: www.essex.ac.uk/ecpr. The Comparative Politics Series is edited by Professor David M. Farrell, School of Politics and International Relations, University College Dublin, Kenneth Carty, Professor of PoliticalScience, University of British Columbia, and Professor Dirk Berg-Schlosser, Institute of Political Science, Philipps University, Marburg.

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Politics at the Centre is a comparative study of the rules, norms and behaviour surrounding political party leadership. The primary analysis includes 25 parties in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom from 1965 onwards. The topics covered include methods ofleadership selection and removal and the nature of...

William Cross is an expert in political party organization and intra party democracy. He has published in many journals including Party Politics, Political Research Quarterly, Canadian Journal of Political Science and the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties. His earlier books include Rebuilding Canadian Party Politics (U...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:February 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Acknowledgements1. Why Study Party Leadership Selection?2. Who Picks the Party Leader?3. Explaining Change in Leadership Selectorates4. Rules of the Game5. Retirements, Resignations and Removals6. Running, Getting Elected and Staying in Office7. Organizing, Strategizing and Voting in Leadership Elections8. Leadership Selection in Non Westminster Democracies9. How Should we Choose Party Leaders?ReferencesAppendixIndex