The Selection of Ministers in Europe: Hiring and Firing by Keith Dowding, Patrick Dumont

By Keith Dowding, Patrick Dumont

This quantity discusses the formation of presidency cupboards inside twenty ecu democracies, offering the institutional history to the choice and de-selection of ministers. Exploring the historic and constitutional context to cupboard formation, this quantity proceeds to supply very important info at the strategic matters that impact the choice of ministers. protecting states from far and wide Europe, the authors learn tendencies from the post-war interval as much as the current day, with particular specialize in contemporary a long time for the more moderen democracies in political transition. the amount contains: pioneering new learn into the hiring and firing of presidency ministers important details on appointments, dismissals and resignations inside of executive cupboards succinct constitutional information with regards to ministerial choices throughout a couple of ecu states The e-book is the 1st output of the choice and De-selection of Political Elites foreign community of students (SEDEPE) and may offer an enormous resource of knowledge for all students drawn to the formation, upkeep and termination of cupboards and the character of ministerial executive. the choice of Ministers in Europe. Hiring and Firing may also be of broader curiosity to scholars of ecu executive and Political associations.

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Just like the calling of anticipated elections by (usually single-party) incumbent governments, the unilateral mass resignation of ministers to breakup a coalition can be timed for party advantage if an election can be forced, though such manoeuvres can backfire if the public believe they are too crudely based on party-power considerations rather than what is really good for the country. The prime minister can also choose the time when ministers go, often through a strategic reshuffle of the cabinet.

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Again getting rid of ministers is easier when the ministrable is larger or of higher quality. Thus we might expect to find that the larger the pool of candidates relative to the size of the cabinet the faster the turnover, all other aspects being equal. Thus where ministers are drawn exclusively from parliaments the larger the parliament (and the larger the government majority) the faster the turnover, so small countries with smaller legislatures might have lower turnover than larger countries (see Dumont and Varone 2006 on the direct and indirect impact of size of political systems in the delegation and accountability chain of parliamentary democracy).

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