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Political Dynasties and the Selection of Cabinet Ministers

Smith, DM and Martin, S (2017) 'Political Dynasties and the Selection of Cabinet Ministers.' Legislative Studies Quarterly, 42 (1). pp. 131-165. ISSN 1939-9162

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We investigate whether politicians whose family relatives previously served in parliament and cabinet enjoy a competitive "legacy advantage" in progressing from the backbenches to ministerial office. This advantage may stem from two potential mechanisms: a direct effect attributable to the informational advantages of legacies, or an indirect effect that operates through greater electoral strength. We evaluate the relative contribution of each mechanism using candidate-level data from Irish parliamentary elections and cabinets from 1944-2016. Our results reveal that politicians with a family history in cabinet do enjoy an advantage in cabinet selection, and that this advantage cannot be attributed simply to greater electoral popularity.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: political dynasties; ministerial selection; Ireland
Subjects: J Political Science > J General legislative and executive papers
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2016 11:05
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:25

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