Aspirant candidate behaviour and progressive political ambition

Peter Allen, David Cutts

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In this paper we take account of the role of aspirant candidate behaviour in progressive political ambition, specifically how some individuals signal their political ambition to political actors by approaching them to discuss running for office. We examine how the effect of this behaviour compares to the more prominently studied effect of elite recruitment. We conclude that signalling behaviour by an aspirant candidate has a substantial effect, particularly with regard to actually acting on initial considerations of whether to stand, and that elite recruitment makes a difference but only in conjunction with the aspirant candidate themselves signalling their ambition to political actors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalResearch & Politics
VolumeJanuary-March 2017
Early online date1 Feb 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2017


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