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Candidate Selection Methods: Party Primaries in a Parliamentary System: The Icelandic Parties
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Political parties can adopt a variety of methods when selecting their candidates. In recent decades, scholars have noticed a growing trend in where parties around the world are moving towards more inclusive candidate selection methods, giving members and even non-party members the opportunity to decide their party’s candidates in so called party primaries. This type of method is popular in the United States where studies have indicated that party primaries could have disruptive effects for political parties. Icelandic Parties are known for using inclusive nomination methods and thus offers an opportunity to study how this type of inclusive candidate selection methods can be organized in a parliamentary system and how this affects the intraparty environment. This thesis uses Hazan and Rahat’s theoretical framework to analyse the differences between the parties’ selection methods. Based on secondary interview material conducted with party representatives from six Icelandic parties in 2007 and 2009, this study finds that the four main political parties use party primaries in varying degrees and that it sometimes leads to conflicts within the parties. However, these conflicts do not affect the parties’ electoral performance which means that the disruptive effects of party primaries are either overexaggerated or at least not present within the Icelandic Parties.

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2017. , p. 60
Keywords [en]
Candidate Selection Methods, Icelandic Parties, Party Primaries, Intra-party Conflicts
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-142188OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-142188DiVA, id: diva2:1160088
Available from: 2017-11-24 Created: 2017-11-24 Last updated: 2017-11-24Bibliographically approved

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