Party Sovereignty and Citizen Control

Selecting Candidates for Parliamentary Elections in Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway

Edited by: Hanne Marthe Narud, Mogens N. Pedersen, Henry Valen

The process by which candidates for election are being screened and selected is among the least understood and researched political phenomena, even though this process is so closely linked to the power structure within political parties. In this book, nomination processes in four Nordic countries are analyzed and evaluated as instruments of democracy. The authors compare institutions, procedures and unwritten norms. The book in particular addresses questions about the citizens' ability to influence the nomination processes. The process is not only modeled in traditional terms of representation, but also as a principal-agent relationship.

254 pages

Publication Date: 12/31/2002
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9788778386922