Re-Selecting Members of the European Parliament

Candidate Selection, Party Goals, and Re-Election Probabilities

  • Elena Frech

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVIII
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  6. Candidate Selection

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
  7. MEP Re-Selection

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 177-234

About this book


Elena Frech addresses the issue of candidate (re-)selection for the European elections. Studying German parties, the author investigates both, the rules and practice of candidate selection. The study is one of the first to shed light on the goals political parties pursue when selecting candidates in the European context. First, the author provides a detailed account of the formal and informal procedures German parties use to construct the electoral lists for the European elections. Then she turns towards the individual candidates, showing which factors determine the list placement of incumbent parliamentarians. The findings highlight the importance of individual candidate characteristics as well as party institutions and are of interest not only to scientists but also to parties, politicians, and citizens.


  • Party Goals and Trade-Offs in European Elections
  • Candidate Selection for European Elections in Germany
  • The Factors Determining the Re-Election Probabilities of MEPs            

Target Groups

  • Researchers and students in the field of social, especially political sciences
  • Members of political parties, politicians

The Author

Elena Frech obtained a doctorate from the University of Mannheim (Germany). Currently she holds a research position at the University of Geneva (Switzerland), where she studies parliamentary careers.  ​


• German Political Parties • European Parliament • Legislative Leverage • Loyalty • Vote Maximization • Electoral Lists • Multi-Method

Authors and affiliations

  • Elena Frech
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  1. 1.Département de Science Politique et Relations InternationalesUniversité de Genève GenevaSwitzerland

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