Policy or person? : The electoral value of policy positions and personal attributes in the Finnish open-list system

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von Schoultz , Å & Papageorgiou , A 2021 , ' Policy or person? The electoral value of policy positions and personal attributes in the Finnish open-list system ' , Party Politics , vol. 27 , no. 4 , 1354068819891048 , pp. 767-778 . https://doi.org/10.1177/1354068819891048

Title: Policy or person? : The electoral value of policy positions and personal attributes in the Finnish open-list system
Author: von Schoultz, Åsa; Papageorgiou, Achillefs
Other contributor: University of Helsinki, Intraparty competition: the neglected dimension of electoral politics (IntraComp)
University of Helsinki, Intraparty competition: the neglected dimension of electoral politics (IntraComp)

Date: 2021-07-01
Language: eng
Number of pages: 12
Belongs to series: Party Politics
ISSN: 1354-0688
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1354068819891048
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/333270
Abstract: Under open-list proportional representation (OLPR), individual candidates compete for personal votes and representation has a distinctly individualistic dimension. This article provides a unique analysis of this individualistic representational dimension, by comparing the effects of policy positions with personal vote-earning attributes on individual electoral success within the context of the Finnish OLPR. The study confirms that personal attributes related to experience, locality and celebrity status have a strong positive effect on candidates’ ability to attract personal votes. On a more novel account, it also demonstrates that even under decidedly complex electoral settings, policy positions matter for candidates’ electoral fortunes, and that candidates who take on moderate positions within the context of their respective party are more successful than candidates who deviate from the party-median.
Subject: 517 Political science
intraparty competition
open-list proportional representation
personal characteristics
policy positions
INCUMBENCY ADVANTAGE
INTRAPARTY COMPETITION
VOTE
INSTITUTIONS
LEGISLATORS
INCENTIVES
MAGNITUDE
PROXIMITY
BEHAVIOR
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