Party primaries for candidate preselection? Right question, wrong answer

Orr, Graeme (2011) Party primaries for candidate preselection? Right question, wrong answer. University of New South Wales Law Journal, 34 3: 964-983.

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Author Orr, Graeme
Title Party primaries for candidate preselection? Right question, wrong answer
Journal name University of New South Wales Law Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1447-7297
Publication date 2011-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
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Volume 34
Issue 3
Start page 964
End page 983
Total pages 20
Place of publication Sydney, NSW, Australia
Publisher University of New South Wales
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract Political parties act as gatekeepers to Parliament,1 and hence to law-making and ministerial government. Theirs is gatekeeping in a special sense, however. Occupational gatekeepers screen entrants to professions using defined and transparent measures. The process of becoming an MP, however, is a thoroughly political one. As Lord Hoffmann observed, ‘the main criterion is likely to be the popularity of the candidate with the voters … the candidate who, for whatever reason, seems … most likely to win’.2 Along with that criterion, internal party ideology, rivalries and factionalism may play a part. Given the long-standing dominance by parties of electoral politics – and hence of Parliaments, lawmaking and executive governance – the gatekeeping role of parties is not merely a matter of internal party concern, but of considerable interest to the wider community and to public law itself. [Extract from Introduction]
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Created: Tue, 13 Dec 2011, 10:37:55 EST by Associate Professor Graeme Orr on behalf of T.C. Beirne School of Law