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

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Political Leadership book series (PSPL)


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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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Vytautas Magnus UniversityKaunasLithuania

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