The Selection of Ministers in Europe: Hiring and Firing

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Keith Dowding, Patrick Dumont
Routledge, Nov 19, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages

This volume discusses the formation of government cabinets within twenty European democracies, providing the institutional background to the selection and de-selection of ministers.

Exploring the historical and constitutional context to cabinet formation, this volume proceeds to provide vital data on the strategic issues that affect the selection of ministers. Covering states from all over Europe, the authors examine trends from the post-war period up to the present day, with specific focus on recent decades for the newer democracies in political transition. The volume includes:

  • pioneering new research into the hiring and firing of government ministers
  • vital information on appointments, dismissals and resignations within government cabinets
  • succinct constitutional data relating to ministerial selections across a number of European states

The book is the first output of the Selection and De-selection of Political Elites international network of scholars (SEDEPE) and will provide a major source of information for all scholars interested in the formation, maintenance and termination of cabinets and the nature of ministerial government. The Selection of Ministers in Europe. Hiring and Firing will also be of broader interest to students of European Government and Political Institutions.

 

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Contents

1 Structural and strategic factors affecting the hiring and firing of ministers
1
Germany
21
3 Cabinet dynamics and ministerial careers in the French Fifth Republic
41
4 Choosing moving and resigning at Westminster UK
58
the difficult road towards a more effective process of ministerial selection
79
6 Cabinet dynamics in democratic Spain 19772008
101
ups and downs of ministerial careers in a partitocratic federal state
125
the primacy of independents
147
Swedish cabinet ministers in the postwar era
159
10 Constructing and maintaining Irish governments
179
11 More safe than sound? Cabinet ministers in Iceland
194
ministerial careers in postcommunist democracies
204
Name index
228
Subject index
231
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