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Leader Survival and Cabinet Change

Quiroz Flores, A and Smith, A (2011) 'Leader Survival and Cabinet Change.' Economics and Politics, 23 (3). pp. 345-365. ISSN 0954-1985

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Political leaders face both internal and external threats to their tenure as leaders. To retain office leaders need mass support, for instance to win elections. However, they also need to deal with potential internal party rivals. Using a game theoretic model, we examine how the incentives created by these competing pressures affect the retention of ministers across different political systems. Since non-democratic leaders face relatively little threat from the masses, their concern is to reduce internal party risk. Therefore, they remove high performing ministers and retain mediocre and poor performers. As it becomes easier for the masses to replace the party in power, leaders must trade-off internal and external threats. Retaining competent leaders improves party performance but generates an internal party rival.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2012 12:35
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 00:46

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