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.

chapter 1|20 pages

Introduction: Primary Elections across the World

ByGiulia Sandri, Antonella Seddone

chapter 4|26 pages

Democratising Party Leadership Selection in Spain and Portugal

ByOscar Barberà, Marco Lisi, Juan Rodríguez Teruel

chapter 5|20 pages

Democratising Party Leadership Selection in Belgium and Israel

ByBram Wauters, Gideon Rahat, Ofer Kenig

chapter 6|24 pages

Democratising Party Leadership Selection in Japan and Taiwan

ByYohei Narita, Ryo Nakai, Keiichi Kubo

chapter 7|16 pages

Democratising Candidate Selection in Italy and France

ByMarino De Luca, Fulvio Venturino

chapter 8|16 pages

Democratising Candidate Selection in Romania and Slovakia

BySergiu Gherghina, Peter Spáč

chapter 9|20 pages

Democratising Candidate Selection in Iceland

ByIndridi H. Indriðason, Gunnar Helgi Kristinsson

chapter 10|18 pages


ByGiulia Sandri, Antonella Seddone, Fulvio Venturino