The selection of representatives is a crucial aspect for understanding political representation and the role of political parties in contemporary democracies. This chapter explores the different dimensions of candidate selection and examines how the recruitment process varies across countries and parties. The chapter begins with a review of the different approaches that have inspired the study of candidate selection. Hence, the chapter analyses empirical findings and recent trends, especially the growing use of party primaries. We also examine the importance of informal practices and party organizational imprint. The chapter also identifies the conditions - political, institutional and socio-economic - that are supposed to influence candidate selection. It finally discusses distinct methodological approaches adopted in this field of research. The concluding sections highlights the challenges that this process poses to contemporary party politics and some avenues for future research.
|Title of host publication||Research Handbook on Political Representation|
|Editors||Maurizio Cotta, Federico Russo|
|Place of Publication||Cheltenham|
|Publisher||Edward Elgar Publishing|
|Number of pages||13|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|
|Name||Elgar Handbooks in Political Science|