Political Careers in Europe Career Patterns in Multi-Level Systems

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2015-12-10
  • Publisher: Nomos/Bloomsbury

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European integration not only has changed career opportunities for politicians, it has expanded them. This book is dedicated to the study of political career patterns. It focuses on parliamentary careers in select European countries, but the U.S. is also included as a long-standing system with multi-level politics.

The chapters, from an impressive range of scholars, represent a systematic investigation into level-hopping practices in Europe. While discussing the logic of moves across political levels, special attention is given to the impact of institutional reforms. The results indicate that the traditional model of career mobility, with the national level as the apex of a career, is still of importance in most countries –
however, a clear trend towards multi-directional political careers is found.

Table of Contents

Making Sense of Multi-Level Parliamentary Careers: An Introduction
Stefan Jahr and Michael Edinger
Reshaping Political Careers in Post-transition Italy: A Synchronic Analysis
Michele Lo Russo and Luca Verzichelli
Career Movements across Parliamentary Levels: The German Case
Stefan Jahr
Springboard or Elephants’ Graveyard: The Position of the European Parliament in the Careers of German MPs
Michael Edinger
Level-Hopping in Belgium: A Critical Appraisal of 25 Years of Federalism (1981-2006)
Stefaan Fiers and Jo Noppe
Political Careers between Local and National Offices: The Example of Romania
Laurentiu Stefan
National Mandates as Stepping Stones to Europe: The Danish Experience
Ulrik Kjær
Legislative Careers in a Multi-Level Europe
Klaus Stolz
Legislative Professionalisation and Legislative Careers in the United States
Peverill Squire
Notes on Contributors

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