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Lecture | Leiden Interdisciplinary Migration Seminar (LIMS)

Between Wanting and Needing to Compete: Political Parties in Overseas Districts

Wednesday 27 January 2021
Leiden Interdisciplinary Migration Seminars 2020-2021
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LIMS talk by Sebastián Umpierrez de Reguero (Institute of Research in Social Science, Diego Portales University; and Institute for History, Leiden University), entitled 'Between Wanting and Needing to Compete: Political Parties in Overseas Districts'.


The Leiden Interdisciplinary Migration Seminars (LIMS) aim at fostering further discussion across disciplines on migration-related topics and creating an open dialogue between the speakers and the attendees. The seminars are a platform for those at Leiden University working on migration-related topics.


Despite analyses on the causes and consequences of external voting, existing literature overlooks the connection between party competition with electoral rules and geographic location. In this seminar, I discuss the determinants why political parties campaign abroad, when a country’s electoral design allows selective competition. Using a longitudinal dataset of legislative elections (1976–2018) in which non-resident citizens from Latin American and Southern European countries can partake, I describe the incentives and constraints of party presence abroad, evaluating hypotheses on transnational party competition. Since this set of countries have within- and cross-country variation in terms of electoral rules and external voting rights, I examine the strategic entry of parties in overseas districts, incorporating a set of institutional, ideological and contextual variables into studying transnational party competition. I find that emigrant seats and pro-emigrant party position, along with political parties with previous experience in overseas districts, are positively correlated with party presence abroad.

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