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Political Dynasties in the UK House of Commons: The Null Effect of Narrow Electoral Selection

Van Coppenolle, Brenda (2017) 'Political Dynasties in the UK House of Commons: The Null Effect of Narrow Electoral Selection.' Legislative Studies Quarterly, 42 (3). 449 - 475. ISSN 0362-9805

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Abstract

Does power persist within families? This article considers whether members of the UK House of Commons with longer legislative careers after 1832 were more likely to establish a political dynasty. Tenure can create opportunities to promote relatives. A regression discontinuity design for re-election races helps to rule out the confounding influence of inheritable traits. There is no evidence for a causal effect of tenure length on establishing or continuing a dynasty. Established families may have constrained further dynasty development, explaining the null result of tenure.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2019 13:48
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2019 13:48
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/26068

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