Party Primaries in Comparative Perspective

Party Primaries in Comparative Perspective


Titolo: Party Primaries in Comparative Perspective

Autori: Giulia Sandri, Antonella Seddone & Fulvio Venturino

Editore: Ashgate

Anno: 2015

ISBN: 978-1-4724-5038-8



Primary elections for choosing party leaders and candidates are now becoming commonplace in Europe, Asia and America but questions as to how much they hinder a party’s organizational strength and cohesion or affect electoral performance have largely been ignored outside of the USA.

Party Primaries in Comparative Perspective gives a much-needed conceptualization to this topic, describing the function and nature of primary elections and providing a comparative analytical framework to the impact of primaries on the internal and external functioning of political parties. Elaborating on the analytical tools developed to study the US experience this framework engages with primary elections in Europe and Asia offering a theoretical, comparative and empirical account of the emergence of party primaries and an invaluable guide to internal electoral processes and their impact.


Contents: Introduction: primary elections across the world, Giulia Sandri and Antonella Seddone; Leadership selection versus candidate selection: similarities and differences, Ofer Kenig, Gideon Rahat and Reuven Y. Hazan; The American experience of primary elections in comparative perspective, Alan Ware; Democratising party leadership selection in Spain and Portugal, Oscar Barberà, Marco Lisi and Juan Rodríguez-Teruel; Democratising party leadership selection in Belgium and Israel, Bram Wauters, Gideon Rahat and Ofer Kenig; Democratising party leadership selection in Japan and Taiwan, Yohei Narita, Ryo Nakai and Keiichi Kubo; Democratising candidate selection in Italy and France, Marino De Luca and Fulvio Venturino; Democratising candidate selection in Romania and Slovakia, Sergiu Gherghina and Peter Spáč; Democratising candidate selection in Iceland, Indridi H. Indriðason and Gunnar Helgi Kristinsson; Conclusion, Giulia Sandri, Antonella Seddone and Fulvio Venturino; Bibliography; Index.


About the Editor: Giulia Sandri is Assistant Professor at the European School of Political and Social Sciences of the Catholic University of Lille.

Antonella Seddone is currently Research Fellow at the University of Cagliari and she is lecturer in Opinion polls and Public Opinion at the Department of Culture, Politics and Society of the University of Turin.

Fulvio Venturino is currently Associate Professor at the University of Cagliari and was previously a Research Fellow at the University of Genoa.


Reviews: ‘This book offers useful observations about why many parties in parliamentary democracies have been adopting or expanding their use of primaries, and about why and how this change may matter. Several chapters helpfully explore differences between primaries for selecting legislative candidates and those for selecting party leaders.’
Susan Scarrow, University of Houston, USA

‘This book represents a valuable attempt to think through the concept of the primary election, and to analyse the empirical reasons for, and the consequences of, its adoption by political parties. Given the spread of primaries to parties beyond the USA specifically and presidential systems more generally, this book is a timely and very useful addition to the comparative literature on party politics.’
Paul Webb, University of Sussex, UK