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The length of ministerial tenure in the UK 1945-1997

Berlinski, Samuel, Dewan, Torun and Dowding, Keith (2005) The length of ministerial tenure in the UK 1945-1997. PEPP (16). Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines, London, UK.

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We analyse the determinants of ministerial hazard rates in the UK from 1945-1997. We focus on three sets of attributes i) personal characteristics of the minister; ii) political characteristics of the minister and iii) characteristics pertaining to the government in which the minister serves. We find that educational background increases ministers’ capacity to survive, that female ministers have lower hazard rates and older ministers have higher hazard rates. Experienced ministers have higher hazard than newly appointed ministers. Ministerial rank increases a ministers’ capacity to survive, with full cabinet members having the lowest hazard rates in our sample. We use different strategies to controls for the characteristics of the government the ministers serve in. Our results are robust to any of these controls.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2005 the authors
Divisions: Government
Public Policy Group
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2008 08:50
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 23:00

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