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Scandal, protection, and recovery in the cabinet

Dewan, Torun and Myatt, David P. (2007) Scandal, protection, and recovery in the cabinet. American Political Science Review, 101 (1). pp. 63-77. ISSN 1537-5943

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Abstract

Empirical evidence suggests that a prime minister benefits from firing ministers who are involved in political scandals.We explore a model in which scandals are positively related to policy activism, so that a prime minister may wish to protect a minister from resignation calls. We find that protection can sometimes discourage activism: it enhances the value of a minister’s career and hence encourages him to “sit tight” by moderating his activities. On the other hand, an exogenous increase in exposure to scandals may lead a minister to “live for today” by pursuing controversial policies. The primeminister’s ability to protect ministers is limited by her short-term incentive to fire. She may, however, enhance her credibility by building a collective reputation with the cabinet; the heterogeneity of cabinet membership plays an important role.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJourna...
Additional Information: © 2007 American Political Science Association
Library of Congress subject classification: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Sets: Departments > Government
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2009 11:44
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/26408/

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