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How do political elites persist? Political selection, political inequality and empirical historical research

Van Coppenolle, Brenda (2020) 'How do political elites persist? Political selection, political inequality and empirical historical research.' French Politics, 18 (1-2). 175 - 188. ISSN 1476-3419

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Abstract

How do political elites persist? Populist movements highlight the continued tension between citizens and political elites. This article reviews some recent research on political selection and inequality. I consider political inequality as the persistent political selection of specific individuals or their relatives over time. Empirical historical research employing statistical analysis of natural experiments can help to understand the connection between specific democratic institutions, such as elections or lotteries, and political selection, political behaviour, or political inequality over time. Some democratic features enable elites to persist, yet there is much variation in political inequality over time and space. Further research could aim to disentangle institutional causes of this variation from determinants of institutional choice.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2020 18:14
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2021 02:00
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/28114

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