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How the Party Can Win in Personal Vote Systems: The “Selectoral Connection” and Legislative Voting in Lithuania



Electoral rules can motivate politicians to cultivate a “personal vote” through their legislative voting records. However, I argue that candidate-selection procedures have the ability to overpower these electoral incentives. This study—the first systematic study of how candidate selection and electoral rules interact—takes advantage of Lithuania's unique mixed electoral rules and fortuitous candidate-selection procedures. Regardless of electoral rules, MPs whose future careers depend on getting renominated by central party leaders vote against the party less than those whose careers do not. This evidence of a “selectoral connection” suggests candidate-selection procedures must be studied much more seriously.

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