Revamping the menu – or just offering what’s in stock? : Candidate list volatility in open-list PR systems : Evidence from Finland

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dc.contributor.author Koskimaa, Vesa
dc.contributor.author Mattila, Mikko
dc.contributor.author Papageorgiou, Achillefs
dc.contributor.author von Schoultz, Åsa
dc.date.accessioned 2022-07-11T22:28:19Z
dc.date.available 2022-07-12T02:45:20Z
dc.date.issued 2021-11
dc.identifier.citation Koskimaa , V , Mattila , M , Papageorgiou , A & von Schoultz , Å 2021 , ' Revamping the menu – or just offering what’s in stock? Candidate list volatility in open-list PR systems : Evidence from Finland ' , European Political Science Review , vol. 13 , no. 4 , 1755773921000175 , pp. 449-466 . https://doi.org/10.1017/S1755773921000175
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dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/346114
dc.description.abstract Why do parties change candidate lists between elections? Although candidate list volatility is an important indicator of the responsiveness of electoral representation, it has received little attention in research. We offer a critical case study of party list volatility in Finland, using a candidate-centred open-list proportional (PR) electoral system with ideal conditions for ‘ultra-strategic’ party behaviour. Our explorative two-stage research design begins with party elite interviews, to extract factors that can affect list volatility, which in the following step are tested in a regression analysis of 564 party lists in parliamentary elections 1983–2019. Our results show that list formation is a complex phenomenon, where demand and supply factors interact in a contingent fashion. Following trends of voter dealignment, personalization and ‘electoral-professionalization’ of parties, volatility has increased over time. Electoral defeats and declining party membership increase volatility, but a member-driven mass-party heritage that limits party elites’ strategic capacity has a stabilizing effect. sv
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dc.language.iso eng
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dc.rights.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject 5171 Political Science
dc.title Revamping the menu – or just offering what’s in stock? : Candidate list volatility in open-list PR systems : Evidence from Finland en
dc.type Article
dc.contributor.organization Faculty of Social Sciences
dc.contributor.organization Intraparty competition: the neglected dimension of electoral politics (IntraComp)
dc.contributor.organization Political Science
dc.description.reviewstatus Peer reviewed
dc.relation.doi https://doi.org/10.1017/S1755773921000175
dc.relation.issn 1755-7739
dc.rights.accesslevel openAccess
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