Professionalization and parliamentary careers

Liñeira, R. and Muñoz, J. (2017) Professionalization and parliamentary careers. In: Coller, X., Jaime-Castillo, A. M. and Mota, F. (eds.) Political Power in Spain: The Multiple Divides Between MPs and Citizens. Palgrave Macmillan: Cham, pp. 103-119. ISBN 9783319638256 (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-63826-3_6)

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Abstract

This chapter analyzes the degree of professionalization, the career paths and the future career aspirations of representatives in the Spanish parliament and in the autonomous parliaments. First, we find that acting as a full-time representative is the rule rather than the exception among legislators from all territorial levels. Second, municipal politics appears as the usual starting point of political careers. Third, in most autonomous communities, these career paths show a territorial hierarchy and far more representatives move from the autonomous parliament to the Spanish parliament than the other way around. However, in territories with distinct party systems, the career paths of Spanish parliament and autonomous parliament representatives do not show a territorial hierarchy but territorial specialization.

Item Type:Book Sections
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Lineira, Dr Robert
Authors: Liñeira, R., and Muñoz, J.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN:9783319638256
Published Online:25 November 2017

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