Policy or person? The electoral value of policy positions and personal attributes in the Finnish open-list system

Published on 2019-11-30T13:07:29Z (GMT) by
<div><p>Under open-list proportional representation (OLPR), individual candidates compete for personal votes and representation has a distinctly individualistic dimension. This article provides a unique analysis of this individualistic representational dimension, by comparing the effects of policy positions with personal vote-earning attributes on individual electoral success within the context of the Finnish OLPR. The study confirms that personal attributes related to experience, locality and celebrity status have a strong positive effect on candidates’ ability to attract personal votes. On a more novel account, it also demonstrates that even under decidedly complex electoral settings, policy positions matter for candidates’ electoral fortunes, and that candidates who take on moderate positions within the context of their respective party are more successful than candidates who deviate from the party-median.</p></div>

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Schoultz, Åsa von; Papageorgiou, Achillefs (2019): Policy or person? The electoral value of policy positions and personal attributes in the Finnish open-list system. SAGE Journals. Collection. https://doi.org/10.25384/SAGE.c.4764653.v1