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Political Recruitment
Gender, Race and Class in the British Parliament

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  • Date Published: April 2011
  • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • format: Adobe eBook Reader
  • isbn: 9780511885914

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  • In this compelling book Pippa Norris and Joni Lovenduski provide the first full account of legislative recruitment in Britain for twenty-five years. Their central concern is how and why some politicians succeed in moving into the highest offices of state, while others fail. The book examines the relative dearth of women, black and working-class Members of Parliament, and whether the evident social bias in the British political élite matters for political representation. Legislative recruitment concerns the critical step from lower levels (activists, local counsellors) to a parliamentary career. The authors draw evidence from the first systematic surveys of parliamentary candidates, Members of Parliament and party selectors, as well as detailed personal interviews. The study explores how and why people become politicians, and the consequences for parties, legislatures and representative government.

    • The first analysis in twenty-five years of who gets into Parliament and why. Based on exhaustive surveys and personal interviews
    • Asks why there are so few women, black, and working class MPs, examines why this is important, and seeks solutions
    • Will be of interest to political activists and politicians, as well as students and academics, it also contains invaluable comparative material on US and Europe
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    'Political Recruitment is likely to become the standard work of its kind, and it certainly deserves to be, for the depth of its scholarship, the comprehensive scope of its research, and the logic with which its case is reasoned.' Talking Politics

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511885914
    • contains: 17 b/w illus. 76 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Puzzles in political recruitment
    Part I. Who Selects and How?:
    2. The structure of political recruitment
    3. Conservative recruitment
    4. Labour recruitment
    5. Minor party recruitment
    Part II. Who Gets Selected and Why?:
    6. Supply and demand explanations
    7. Gatekeeper attitudes
    8. Candidate resources
    9. Candidate motivation
    10. Comparative candidate recruitment
    Part III. Does the Social Bias Matter?:
    11. The values, priorities and roles of MPs
    12. The personal vote
    13. Reforming recruitment.

  • Authors

    Pippa Norris, Harvard University, Massachusetts

    Joni Lovenduski, University of Southampton

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