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Reselection and deselection in the political party

White, Jonathan and Ypi, Lea (2020) Reselection and deselection in the political party. In: Welp, Y. and Whitehead, L., (eds.) The Politics of Recall Elections. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK. (In Press)

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Reselection and deselection are often treated as mechanisms of direct democracy, at odds with any meaningful transfer of decision-making authority to others. This paper argues that the representative and direct dimensions of democracy may be complementary and that recall mechanisms in political parties can be used to reinforce their programmatic basis and to consolidate the reasons people have to associate with parties in the first place. The paper defends a principled use of reselection and deselection mechanisms in political parties, and answers four main criticisms that the view typically attracts: the constituency objection, the responsibility objection, the incentives objection and the efficiency objection.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: © 2020 Palgrave
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2019 11:27
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 10:10

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