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De selectie van verkiesbare kandidaten : Een analyse van de Belgische Kamerverkiezingen 1999-2010

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  • Gert-Jan Put orcid logo
  • Bart Maddens

Abstract

In a closed or semi-open PR-system, the designation of the MPs is primarily determined by their position on the list. In this paper, we attempt to find out on the basis of which criteria a party selects the candidates who are most likely to be elected, due to their high and/or visible position on the list. We do so by comparing these realistic candidates with the candidates on unrealistic positions on the list. A multi-level logistic regression analysis of the Flemish candidates in four subsequent federal elections in Belgium shows that the selectorates have a marked preference for incumbents and for mayors. Aldermen also stand a better chance of being elected, but only if they are from a larger communality. Women are strongly underrepresented amongst the
realistic candidates, but this is only due to the fact that there are relatively few women mayors and incumbents.

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Put, G. & Maddens, B., (2012) “De selectie van verkiesbare kandidaten : Een analyse van de Belgische Kamerverkiezingen 1999-2010”, Res Publica 54(3), p.289-307.

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29 Sep 2012
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