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Type: Journal article
Title: Legislative recruitment and models of party organisation: evidence from Australia
Author: Miragliotta, N.
Errington, W.
Citation: The Journal of Legislative Studies, 2012; 18(1):21-40
Publisher: Routledge
Issue Date: 2012
ISSN: 1357-2334
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Narelle Miragliotta and Wayne Errington
Abstract: This paper considers the relationship between the growing dominance of career politicians in the Australian federal legislature and models of party organisation. Using data onMPs in the Australian federal parliament, this study maps changes in models of party organisation to the occupational profiles of MPs between 1949 and 2007. The findings show a correspondence between the phenomenon of cartelisation and the appearance of legislators whose previous occupation was in the political sphere. The authors suggest that there is a relationship between different modes of party organisation and both the supply of candidates and the demand-side factors influencing party selectors. The paper concludes that theories of recruitment should include a greater emphasis on models of party organisation to explain better the uniformity of recruitment outcomes across advanced democracies.
Keywords: Legislators; career politicians; elite recruitment; cartelisation; Australia
Rights: © 2012 Taylor & Francis
RMID: 0020118167
DOI: 10.1080/13572334.2012.646708
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