Finlands Akademi
Sökande / Kontakt person von Schoultz, Åsa
Organisation Helsingfors universitet
Projektets titel Intraparty competition - the neglected dimension of electoral politics
Beslutnr 316239
Beslutsdatum 05.06.2018
Finansierings period 01.09.2018 - 31.08.2022
Finansiering 480 000
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Beskrivning av projektet
The personalization of politics, with greater focus on individuals rather than political collectives, has progressed significantly over the past decades in parliamentary democracies. This trend has affected the link between citizens and political parties. The aim of the research project is to explain why citizens are represented by certain types of politicians. To answer this question, the project analyzes the strategies and behaviours of the three central actors of representative democracy: parties, candidates and voters. The Finnish open list system offers a great opportunity to study 1) party nomination strategies, 2) candidate strategies under conditions of intraparty competition for votes and 3) voter strategies when choosing between individual candidates on party lists. Several types of data and methods are employed: for example, semi-structured interviews of party representatives, candidate data, survey data and experiments to understand voting behavior.