Political Recruitment: Gender, Race and Class in the British Parliament
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 Úlite 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.
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Puzzles in political recruitment
Who selects and how?
The structure of political recruitment
Minor party recruitment
Who gets selected and why?
Supply and demand explanations
Comparative candidate recruitment
Does the social bias matter?
The values priorities and roles of MPs
The personal vote
Details of the survey design and sample
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