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Two More Panels of Interest for Bordeaux 2013

SEDEPE Members may want to check out and perhaps send a paper proposal for the following panels at Bordeaux 2013.

Cabinet Politics in Latin America
Chair: Marcelo Camerlo
Discussant: Matthew Kerby

Abstract. The literature on presidential cabinets has made important advances over the last few years, especially in relation to cabinet formation. However, the focus remains on the aggregate level and we still know little about the individuals that compose these cabinets. Who are the ministers? What are their competences? What is their liaison with the president like and what is their external support? How do all these aspects evolve after cabinet formation? To face these questions, this panel welcomes papers that study Latin American ministers on one of the following dimensions. (I) Political affiliation and group support. The recent literature has shown the role of party affiliation on cabinet formation and legislative support. We suggest advancing the identification of non-party affiliations and the evolution of political affiliation during the life cycle of cabinets. (II) Individual trajectories and competences. The common expectation is that ministers should be particularly skilled for the position. We are interested in knowing the type and level of minister competences. (III) The relationship with the president. The president’s inner circle is considered a key component of the presidential decision making process. We suggest studying the relationship between this circle and the whole cabinet, identifying ministers that take part of it, modalities of entry/exit, and decision-making dynamics.




Career Patterns in Multi-Level Systems
Chair: Klaus Stolz

Abstract: Processes of political professionalisation at the local and regional level together with newly established regional and supranational tiers of government have strongly affected the structure of opportunities for professional politicians. Political careers are no longer directed exclusively to the national level (if they ever were). Instead of unidirectional, hierarchically organised career ladders with a clear (national) apex, political careers may be pursued in different territorial arenas, linked in different ways. With some time lag, scholars of political careers are currently beginning to come to terms with the multi-level character of political systems. Yet while some old conventional assumptions have been rightly relegated to the dustbin, they have not yet been replaced by new certainties about the complex pathways political careers may take.

What different multi-level pathways can be found? How can we best identify these newly emerging career patterns? How can we account for the huge variance across regions and countries? Do these different career patterns matter? Questions like these have been addressed in recent studies, but they have hardly been solved. In this panel we thus aim to bring together scholars dealing with these questions. Papers might focus on empirical questions, both in traditional federal systems (US, Australia, Canada, Germany etc.) as well as in newly regionalised countries (Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, UK etc.). In addition we strongly encourage scholars to submit papers dealing with theoretical or methodological questions.

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