Summary: Assessing the Political Impact of Candidate Selection Rules:
Britain in the 1990s
Anna Mikulska and Susan Scarrow
University of HoustonUniversity of Houston
Relative Party Distance Hypotheses:
Distance: CandidateParty Supporters
Does the inclusiveness of candidate selection
rules affect political outcomes? The likely
effects of greater inclusiveness have been much
1. Liberal Democrat candidates will be politically closer to
their party's voters than will candidates from other parties.
2. If Liberal Democrat candidates are politically closer to
their party's voters than will candidates from other
parties, Labour Party candidates will be closer to their
party's voters than are their Conservative counterparts.
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