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The recruitment of representatives in British local government: pathways and barriers

Rao, Nirmala. 1998. The recruitment of representatives in British local government: pathways and barriers. Policy & Politics, 26(3), pp. 291-305. ISSN 0305-5736 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

The classical model of political recruitment formulated in the United States is re-examined in the light of British evidence on the recruitment of local elected representatives. Drawing together survey evidence from the last 30 years, this article reviews the key components of motivations, resources and opportunities. A complementary focus on pathways and barriers to office highlights the importance of political party politics in the British context. Examination of the evidence shows that while parties provide an important pathway to political participation, they also act as a barrier to recruitment to council services.

Item Type:

Article

Keywords:

Political recruitment; British local government

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Politics

Dates:

DateEvent
1998Published

Item ID:

131

Date Deposited:

22 Jan 2007

Last Modified:

13 Mar 2013 14:53

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/131

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