The profession of government minister in Western Europe
Title: The profession of government minister in Western Europe
Citation: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire : Macmillan, 1991
ISBN: 9780333520482; 0333520483
Who are the cabinet ministers in Western Europe? Are they prepared for their tasks by the jobs which they did before - do specialists, for instance, come to take on the task of running specialist ministries? Are these ministers, on the other hand, politically prepared for being in government? Do they all go through an apprenticeship in Parliament? As a matter of fact, they do not and, in several Continental countries, not just France, but also the Netherlands, Austria, or Norway, many ministers come to office without a parliamentary background. Does this mean that they are better prepared to their tasks than British ministers who, like their Italian or Irish colleagues, all went through Parliament? What kind of career do they then follow? Do they stay in office long? Do they change jobs or not? On this, too, there are many country variations, as there are variations in terms of the 'post-ministerial careers', that is to say of the jobs which, after being ministers they are able to obtain. 'The profession of government minister in Western Europe' looks at all these questions on the basis of a vast file covering over 2,000 ministers from 1945 to the 1980s. Although Western European countries are so similar politically in many ways, the ministerial career is vastly different - and lessons can be drawn from the differences.
Table of Contents:
1. Introduction / Jean Blondel and Jean-Louis Thiébault. -- 2. Cabinet government and cabinet ministers / Jean Blondel. -- 3. The social background of Western European ministers / Jean-Louis Thiébault. -- 4. Local and regional politics and cabinet membership / Jean-Louis Thiébault. -- 5. Parliamentary and party pathways to the cabinet / Lieven de Winter. -- 6. The ministerial career / Wilma E. Bakema. -- 7. Ministers and ministries / Hans Keman. -- 8. Elite circulation in cabinet government / André Paul Frognier. -- 9. Prime ministers and other government heads / Wolfgang C. Müller and Wilfried Philipp. -- 10. The post-ministerial careers / Jean Blondel. -- 11. Conclusion / Maurizio Cotta.
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