Leadership competition and disagreement at party national meetings

Greene, Zachary ; Haber, Matthias

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0007123414000283
URL: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/british-jo...
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Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2016
The title of a journal, publication series: British Journal of Political Science
Volume: 46
Issue number: 3
Page range: 611-632
Place of publication: Cambridge
Publishing house: Cambridge Univ. Press
ISSN: 0007-1234 ; 1469-2112
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department B
Subject: 320 Political science
Abstract: Theories often explain intraparty competition based on electoral conditions and intraparty rules. This article further opens this black box by considering intraparty statements of preferences. In particular, it predicts that intraparty preference heterogeneity increases after electoral losses, but that candidates deviating from the party’s median receive fewer intraparty votes. Party members grant candidates greater leeway to accommodate competing policy demands when in government. The study tests the hypotheses using a new database of party congress speeches from Germany and France, and uses automated text classification to estimate speakers’ relative preferences. The results demonstrate that speeches at party meetings provide valuable insights into actors’ preferences and intraparty politics. The article finds evidence of a complex relationship between the governing context, the economy and intraparty disagreement.

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