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Candidate nomination procedures and political selection: evidence from Latin American parties

Aragon, Fernando (2009) Candidate nomination procedures and political selection: evidence from Latin American parties. Economic Organisation and Public Policy Discussion Papers, EOPP 003. The London School of Economics and Political Science, Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines, London, UK.

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Identification Number: EOPP 003

Abstract

This paper explores empirically the role of nomination procedures on political selection and the determinants for adopting contestable selection methods such as primaries. Using data from Latin American parties, I find evidence that political competition increases probability of primary adoption. Moreover, primary nominated candidates obtained larger vote shares and during their mandate countries experienced improvements in several measures of quality of government. The results exploit within party variation and are robust to relevant identification concerns. Together, these findings suggest that nomination procedures matter for political selection and that the quality differences are significant enough to influence electoral and economic outcomes.

Item Type: Monograph (Report)
Official URL: http://sticerd.lse.ac.uk/
Additional Information: © 2009 The Author
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
Sets: Research centres and groups > Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2014 08:38
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2014 08:53
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/58033

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