“Candidate Selection, Personalization and Different Logics of Centralization in New Southern European Populism: The Cases of Podemos and the M5S”

Segnaliamo il paper dal titolo “Candidate Selection, Personalization and Different Logics of Centralization in New Southern European Populism: The Cases of Podemos and the M5S” scritto da Manuela Caiani (SNS), Enrico Padoan (SNS) e Bruno Marino (UniBo) recentemente pubblicato su Government and Opposition, disponibile in open access.

 

Abstract

In this article, we focus on the candidate selection processes of Podemos in Spain and the Movimento 5 Stelle (M5S – Five Star Movement) in Italy, processes which are related to intra-party democracy. With a mixed-methods approach (including novel data from the expert survey PoPES, 31 semi-structured interviews with party representatives and militants, and analysis of party documents, statutes and leader speeches) and a comparative perspective, we explore candidate selection in the context of the broader organizational party structures over time. We find that: (1) Podemos functions like a typical centralized party, whereas M5S is a deviant case with strong and centralized control over party organization but decentralized mechanisms for candidate selection; (2) both these logics of centralization of power undermine the parties’ democratic credentials but have different consequences in terms of cohesion (expulsions/departures in M5S and splintering in Podemos); and (3) in both cases, the parties’
organizational culture and symbolic tools legitimate their top-down features.

Parole chiave: candidate selection; personalization of politics; intra-party democracy (IPD); Southern European populism; centralization of power; interviews with militants and representatives

Caiani, M., Padoan, E., & Marino, B. (2021). Candidate Selection, Personalization and Different Logics of Centralization in New Southern European Populism: The Cases of Podemos and the M5S. Government and Opposition, 1-24. doi:10.1017/gov.2021.9

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