Linking pre-parliamentary political experience and the career trajectories of the 1997 general election cohort

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Abstract

This article uses empirical data to establish and analyse the links between pre-parliamentary political experience and career trajectory once elected to the House of Commons. It suggests a move away from the existing occupation focused frameworks towards a broader ‘political experience’ approach which distinguishes between traditional and non-traditional routes into Parliament. The framework is validated using data focusing on the 1997 cohort of newly elected Members of Parliament. It tracks the political careers of these individuals, asking who reaches the top positions, at what speed and whether there is a relationship between career trajectory and pre-parliamentary political experience.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)685-707
Number of pages23
JournalParliamentary Affairs
Volume66
Issue number4
Early online date11 Jun 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013

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