Candidate Selection in the 2014 European Parliament Election in Poland


The article presents the determinants of creating candidate lists in European Parliament elections in Poland. Its subject context is the evaluation of importance of selected factors with reference to the effect obtained in the election. The main study hypothesis assumes different patterns of creating candidate lists in EP elections in comparison to parliamentary elections, involving the combined occurrence of several determinants. The first of them is the tendency to fill the highest positions in candidate lists with popular people well-known in the media, who have an advantage over anonymous ones. The second factor is territorial bonds connecting candidates with the electoral district where they stand for election. Another determinant taken into consideration is the territorial form of the candidate list. The last important element of analysis is the concentration of support, determined by the position on the candidate list.

Key words:
party candidate selection, European parliamentary election, candidate list position, Polish party system


Published : 2014-07-01

FlisJ., & WojtasikW. (2014). Candidate Selection in the 2014 European Parliament Election in Poland. Political Preferences, (9). Retrieved from

Jarosław Flis
Waldemar Wojtasik 

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