Intraparty Democracy and Responsiveness to Rival Parties' Policies

Roni Lehrer, Lawrence Ezrow, Hugh Ward, Tobias Böhmelt
2017 Social Science Quarterly  
Objective: We address whether intraparty democracy conditions political parties' responsiveness to rival parties' policy shifts. Method: We estimate parameters of a spatial econometric model of parties' policy positions in eleven established democracies. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. 3 Results: Internally democratic parties respond to shifts in rival parties' policies, and internally undemocratic parties do not respond rival parties' policy shifts. Conclusion: We
more » ... rgue that this occurs because intra-party deliberation provides a channel through which rival parties influence their competitors' policies. Because rank-and-file party members are influenced by deliberative processes more than party leaders, and the policy goals of internally democratic parties' policies are heavily influenced by their party members -deliberative processes lead democratic parties to respond to shifts in rival parties' policy positions. This work has important implications for our understanding of parties' election strategies, intra-party politics, and how policies diffuse between parties competing in the same election.
doi:10.1111/ssqu.12432 fatcat:msnim4m6kzctjfbbyngns5j7ma