The effects of primaries on electoral performance: France and Italy in comparative perspective

De Luca, Marino and Venturino, Fulvio (2017) The effects of primaries on electoral performance: France and Italy in comparative perspective. French Politics, 15 (1). pp. 43-56. ISSN 1476-3419

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Abstract

For some years now the clamour for the democratisation of internal party politics has been spreading. This issue has been addressed in Italy and France. In the run-up to the 2013 parliamentary election in Italy and the 2012 presidential election in France, leftist coalitions held open primary elections to select their chief executive candidates, with Pier Luigi Bersani and François Hollande finally emerging as nominees. In this article, we examine whether the levels of turnout and competition in the party primaries are associated with the results of the general election. Using data at the level of the Italian province and the French département, we show that the results of the general election were affected by the primaries. We show that turnout enhanced electoral performance, while competition depressed it. The positive effects of turnout were greater than the negative effects of competition.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Depositing User: Marino de Luca
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2020 12:01
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2020 12:01
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/87005
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