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Political Recruitment

Political Recruitment
Gender, Race and Class in the British Parliament

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  • Date Published: January 1995
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521469616

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  • Pippa Norris and Joni Lovenduski ask why some politicians succeed in moving into the highest offices of state, while others fail. They examine the relative dearth of women, black and working class Members of Parliament, and whether this evident social bias matters for political representation. 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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    • Winner, 2018 George H. Hallet Award, Representation and Electoral Systems Section, American Political Science Association

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    "...the first comprehensive account of legislative recruitment in Britain in 25 years....While this very well documented study emphasizes Britain, instructive comparisons are made to parliamentary and presidential systems of other countries. Of value to all interested in the ramifications of democratic politics." Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 1995
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521469616
    • length: 336 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • contains: 17 b/w illus. 76 tables
    • availability: Available
  • 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


    • Winner, 2018 George H. Hallet Award, Representation and Electoral Systems Section, American Political Science Association

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