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From Coronation to Bear-Pit: Leadership Selection in the Party Order and Justice

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Managing Leader Selection in European Political Parties

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The aim of the chapter is to discuss the leadership selection process, including the formal and real stories, in Lithuania’s Party Order and Justice, from its foundation in March 2002 until October 2019.

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Notes

  1. 1.

    Valdemar Tomaševski has been leading the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania-Union of Christian Families since 1999. But that is a small, ethnic party. In the rest of this paper, the terms ‘chairman’ and ‘leader’ will be used interchangeably.

  2. 2.

    Lithuania has a mixed electoral system, with 71 members elected in single-seat constituencies and 70 members elected by proportional representation. The single-seat constituencies are elected in a two-round system majority vote.

  3. 3.

    The president is elected in a majority vote where a second round is held if no candidate reaches more than 50 per cent of the votes in the first round.

  4. 4.

    Members of the parliamentary faction, a secretary, and the heads of Vilnius, Kaunas and regional coordination councils can vote in the national executive’s meeting.

  5. 5.

    In case of a party leader’s absence, a draw in voting implies a non-decision.

  6. 6.

    A council is the highest “legislative” body between party congresses. It is made of heads of local branches and party committees, board members, head of commission on discipline, members of the parliamentary group. The party’s leader or one third of the council’s members convene the council. The first deputy, chosen by the party’s leader, chairs the council.

  7. 7.

    This consists of a branch’s chairman, their deputies and other members selected by the branch. The party statute does not regulate who and how many council members a branch is supposed to elect.

  8. 8.

    The party membership is about 12,000. One congress delegate represents 60 party members from the local branch. At the congress, a branch is also represented by its chairman.

  9. 9.

    About 20 per cent of branches with over 200 members comprise around one third of all party members. About six branches have sub-branches.

  10. 10.

    The first deputy of the party, Henrikas Žukauskas, was supposed to be head of the party’s parliamentary group and Mazuronis was a heavily involved party person since the organisation of a splinter from the Liberal Union (interview with Valentinas Mazuronis 2019).

  11. 11.

    The congress has to confirm the selection of the party’s leader. The confirmation is considered to be only a procedural scrutiny of occurred elections at the local party units to be delivered as a formal document to the ministry of justice that supervises legal activities of political parties.

  12. 12.

    Fearing the obstruction of the party congress, a bailiff was hired to monitor and record the congress.

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  • Almantas Petkus, The Secretary of the Party Order and Justice, Interviewed 1 October 2019.

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  • Remigijus Žemaitaitis, The Chairman of Party Order and Justice, Interviewed 7 October 2019.

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  • Valentinas Mazuronis, Former Party Leader of Party Order and Justice, Interviewed 11 October 2019.

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Jurkynas, M. (2021). From Coronation to Bear-Pit: Leadership Selection in the Party Order and Justice. In: Aylott, N., Bolin, N. (eds) Managing Leader Selection in European Political Parties. Palgrave Studies in Political Leadership. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-55000-4_7

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