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Dowding, Keith/Patrick Dumont (eds.). 2009. The Selection of Ministers in Europe. Hiring and Firing. London/New York: Routledge.

This volume discusses the formation of government cabinets within twenty European democracies, providing the institutional background to the selection and de-selection of ministers. Exploring the historical and constitutional context to cabinet formation, this volume proceeds to provide vital data on the strategic issues that affect the selection of ministers. Covering states from all over Europe, the authors examine trends from the post-war period up to the present day, with specific focus on recent decades for the newer democracies in political transition. The volume includes:

  • pioneering new research into the hiring and firing of government ministers
  • vital information on appointments, dismissals and resignations within government cabinets
  • succinct constitutional data relating to ministerial selections across a number of European states

The book is the first output of the Selection and De-selection of Political Elites international network of scholars (SEDEPE) and will provide a major source of information for all scholars interested in the formation, maintenance and termination of cabinets and the nature of ministerial government. The Selection of Ministers in Europe. Hiring and Firing will also be of broader interest to students of European Government and Political Institutions.

Conference Papers

2005 ECPR Joint Sessions (Granada)
Session Chairs: Patrick Dumont and Keith Dowding

  • Pedro Almeida and Antonio Costa Pinto, A Market for Independence? The Ministerial Elite of Democratic.
  • Shlomit Barnea and Ofer Kenig, The Selection of Ministers in Israel:Is thePrime Minister “A Master of His Domain?”
  • Nathalie Behnke, Building blocks for a formal model on the selection process of ministers in government formation.
  • Daniel Carrasco, Ministerial Careers in France and Mexico 1981-2002
  • Torun Dewan and David Myatt, Scandal, Protection and Recovery in Political Cabinets
  • Keith Dowding, Torun Dewan and Samuel Berlinski, The Length of Ministerial Tenure in the UK 1945-97
  • Patrick Dumont, Regis Dandoy and Stefaan Fiers, Ministerial Selection and Deselection in Belgium (1945-2005)
  • Laura C. Ferreira-Pereira, Mapping the Formative Dynamics of the XIII Constitutional Government: From ‘Estados Gerais’ to the Governmental Mandate and Beyond
  • Katja Fettelschoss, Duration and De-Selection of Ministers in Central and East European
  • Stefaan FIERS and Regis Dandoy, The Selection and Deselection of Belgian Federal Ministers, 1946-2005.
  • Jörn Fishcher and Andre Kaiser The Push and Pull of Ministerial Resignations in Germany, 1983-2002.
  • Indridi Indridason and Christopher Kam, Cabinet Reshuffles in the French Fifth Republic
  • Miguel Jerez-Mir and Jose Real-Dato Changes within cabinet in Contemporary Spain (1977-2004)
  • Christopher Kam, “Engineered” Instability: How Prime Ministers use Reshuffles to Control Government
  • Matthew Kerby, Determinants of First-time Ministerial Appointment: A Canadian Analysis – 1957-2005
  • Gunnar Helgi Kristinsson, Paths to Ministerial and Democratic Accountability in Iceland, 1904-2005
  • Philip Manow, Will Junior Ever Grow Up? Where and When do Junior Ministers become Senior Ministers? An Empirical Investigation for 22 OECD Countries, 1949-2003
  • Csaba Nikolenyi, The Political Consequences of Institutional Design: The Selection and De-Selection of Ministers in Pre and Post-Communist Hungary
  • Eoin O’Malley, Ministerial Selection in Ireland: limited choice in a political village
  • Thomas Persson and Hanna Bäck, Party Size and Portfolio Payoffs. A Study of the Mechanism Underlying Gamson’s law of Proportionality
  • Julia Shevchenko, Easy Come, Easy Go: Ministerial Turnover in Russia, 1990-2004
  • Luca Verzichelli, Selection and De-Selection of Ministers in Italy. New Pathways for New Roles?
  • Helena Wockelberg, Goodbye Minister? The Accountability of Swedish Members of Government in Times of Crisis

2006 ECPR General Conference (Pisa)

Panel: Social Backgrounds and Careers of Political Elites
Chair: Katja Fettelschoss and Patrick Dumont
Discussant: Ferdinand Muller-Rommel

  • Mark Bovens and Anchrit Wille, Diploma Democracy: The disappearance of the less educated from political life
  • Antonio Costa Pinto, The social profile of ministers in Portugal
  • Katja Fettelschoss, Pathways to power: Ministerial recruitment in Central Eastern Europe (1990-2004)
  • Keith Dowding and Patrick Dumont, Selection and de-selection of political elites

2009 IPSA World Congress of Political Science (Santiago)

Panel: Selecting Government Ministers over the World
Chair: Keith Dowding
Discussant: Kaare Strom

  • Peter, Siavelis, Chilean Government Ministers: Democratic Transition and Democratic Performance, 1989-2008
  • Ofer Kenig and Shlomit Barnea, How to Become a Cabinet Member? Ministerial Selection and Cabinet Composition in Israel, 1949-2008
  • Michelle Taylor-Robinson and Maria Escobar-Lemmon, Do Cabinet Ministers in Latin America have Experience in their Portfolio or is On-the-Job Training the Norm?
  • Petra Schleiter, Technocrats and Cronies: The Conditional Nature of Nonpartisan Cabinet Appointments in Russia
  • Katja Fettelschoss, Ministers in Central and Eastern Europe, 1990-2006: Amateurs or Professionals?

Panel: Explaining Duration in Office and Ministerial Turnover
Chair: Patrick Dumont
Discussant: Indridi Indridason

  • Matthew Kerby, Hedging Bets on Crystal Balls: Combining the Hazards of Ministerial Appointment and Ministerial Exit in the Canadian Federal Cabinet
  • Keith Dowding, Prime Ministerial Characteristics and Prime Ministerial Firing Rules in the UK
  • Won Taek Kang, Ministerial Selection and Resignation in South Korea
  • Elizabeth Mcleay, Regime Change and Rule Adaptation: Prime Ministers and Ministerial Dismissals in New Zealand

2009 ECPR General Conference (Potsdam)

Panel: Intra-party conflict and the selection of cabinet ministers
Chair: Patrick Dumont
Discussant: Hanna

  • Joan Botella Corral, How prime ministers prevent party-conflicts in a presidentialized one-party cabinet: Minister appointments in Spain (1977-2009)
  • Luca Verzichelli, Ministerial careers in European multi-level politics. A new analytic framework
  • Astrid Spreitzer, The influence of the European party families on the selection of European Commissioners
  • Matthew Kerby, Your time will come (maybe faster than you think!) Canadian Ministerial Appointments: 1935-2008
  • Patrick Dumont and Régis Dandoy, Inter-level career patterns of ministers in Belgium
  • Csaba Nikoenyi, Ministerial selection and intra-party conflict in postcommunist
  • Fiona Buckley, Recruitment and appointment of women to cabinet in the Republic of Ireland – authentic or aesthetic?

Panel: Intra-party conflict, individual ministers’ resignations and cabinet reshuffles
Chair: Hanna Bäck
Co-Chair: Luca Verzichelli
Discussants: Patrick Dumont and Keith Dowding

  • José Real-Dato, Intra-party conflict and cabinet dynamics in democratic Spain (1977-2009)
  • Thomas Persson and Hanna Bäck, The Effect of European Integration on Cabinet Reshuffles: A Comparison of Germany, Sweden and the UK
  • Keith Dowding and Patrick Dumont, Structural and Strategic Factors Affecting the Hiring and Firing of Ministers
  • Stefan Laurentiu, Selection and deselection of ministers in Romania and their impact on party life
  • Edward Morgan-Jones and Petra Scheite, Constitutional Rules and Competing Risks: Monarchs,Presidents, Prime Ministers and Cabinet Survival and Termination in West and Eastern Europe
  • Hande Mutlu, Intra-party dynamics and party splits.

2010 Politicologenetmaal (Leuven)

Panel: Political Elites and Career Patterns in the Low Countries
Chairs: Régis Dandoy and Ine Vanlangenakker
Discussants: Patrick Dumont and Stefaan Fiers

  • Niels Matheve, Power and impotence: elites versus democracy in scholarly theories.
  • Jens Borchert, Ambition and Opportunity in Federal Systems: The Political Sociology of Political Career patterns in Brazil, Germany, and the United States.
  • Marcelo Camerlo and Cicero Pereira, Portfolio Reallocation and Sociopolitical Conflicts in Latin America.
  • Mark Bovens, Gijs Jan Brandsma & Dick Thesingh, Political death and survival in The Netherlands. Explaining resignations of individual cabinet members 1946-2009.
  • Régis Dandoy & Juan Rodríguez Teruel, Leadership stability and political careers after decentralization: regional prime ministers in Belgium and Spain.
  • Juan Rodríguez Teruel, Astrid Barrio, Oscar Barberà, Party government in multi-level settings: the determinants of ministerial turnout in Spanish regional cabinets (1980-2010).
  • Bram Wauters, Bart Maddens & Gert-Jan Put, The effect of quota on the profile of women candidates in Belgium.
  • Hilde Van Liefferinge, Carl Devos & Kristof Steyvers, Cumulation or compensation? The role of family politicization in federal candidates’ pre-electoral party engagement and political career path.
  • Mark Bovens & Anchrit Wille, The dominance of academics in the Dutch political elite.
  • Anchrit Wille, The politicization of the EU Commission.
  • Gert-Jan Put & Ine Vanlangenakker, The extent of multiple-office holding in Belgium and its underlying reasons.
  • Elena Semenova, Political elites in Executive-Dominated System: the case of Russia: 1990-2008.

2010 Canadian Political Science Association Annual Meeting (Montreal)

Panel: Elite Turnover in Multilevel Political Systems I: European Cases
Chair: Matthew Kerby
Discussant: Csaba Nikolenyi

  • Régis Dandoy and Patrick Dumont , Multilevel Career Patterns of Ministers: A Frame for Analysis
  • Jörn Fischer and Klaus Stolz, Patterns of Ministerial Careers Across Territorial Levels in Germany
  • Klaus Stolz (Chemnitz University of Technology), Professional Politicians in Scotland and Catalonia: Towards a Regional Political Class?
  • Juan Rodríguez, Oscar Barberà and Astrid Barrio, Party Government in Multi-level Settings: The Determinants of Ministerial Turnout in Spanish Regional Cabinets (1980-2010)

Panel: Elite Turnover in Multilevel Political Systems II: Non-European Cases
Chair: Graham White
Discussant: David Docherty

  • Matthew Kerby, The Patterns and Effects of Subnational Political Experience on Federal Level Career Paths in Canada: 1867-2008
  • Csaba Nikolenyi, Chief Ministers and the National Cabinet: The Politics of Vertical Executive Mobility in India, 1952-2004
  • Mariam Mufti, Explaining Changes in Elite Turnover: The Case of National and Provincial Legislative Assembles in Pakistan
  • Keith Dowding and Chris Lewis, Ministerial Resignations and Non-Resignations in Australia

2011 ECPR General Conference (Reykjavik)

Section 35, Panel 21: From the Bottom to the Top? Career Paths of Political Leaders in Multi-Level Settings

Chairs: Patrick Dumont and Matthew Kerby
Discussant: Christopher Kam

  1. William  Daniel: All Roads Lead through Brussels? Career Ambition in the European Parliament
  2. Elena  Semenova: All Roads Lead to Moscow? Careers of Russian Political Elite in Multi-level System
  3. José Real-Dato, Juan  Rodriguez-Teruel and Miguel  Jerez-Mir: In Search of the ‘Ladder Model’: Career Paths of Spanish Diputados (1977-2010)
  4. Richard  Whitaker: Legislative Careers at the Supranational Level? The Stability of Membership of the European Parliament and Internal Advancement

Section 35, Panel 22: Political Elites and Institutions: Recruitment Patterns and Turnover

Chairs: Hanna Back and Keith Dowding
Discussant: Indridi Indridason

  1. Matthew Kerby and Keith Dowding: Comparative Ministerial Turnover in Canada and Australia: 1945-2010
  2. Sebastian Jäckle: Ministerial Turnover in the German Länder: An Event History Analysis of Macro-Political Factors and Biographic Determinants
  3. Juan  Rodriguez Teruel, Oscar  Barberà and Astrid  Barrio: Party Government in Multilevel Settings: The Determinants of Ministerial Turnover in Spanish Regional Cabinets (1980-2011)
  4. Marcelo  Camerlo and Aníbal  Pérez Liñán: Presidential Cabinets. Minister Turnover and Critical Events in Latin America