The Ministerial Career
The previous chapters mainly focused on the background of Western European ministers: the present chapter is concerned with the characteristics of the ministerial career itself. What happens once politicians join the cabinet? At what point in their lives do they reach office? Do they stay long and what determines their chance of surviving such ‘musical chairs’ as may occur? Can the profession of minister be seen as the apex of a lifetime career or should it be viewed as an intermediate position which will pay off in subsequent professions?
KeywordsMinisterial Career Ministerial Duration Party System Career Interruption Ministerial Office
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