Safety first: MPs in safe seats are more likely to become ministers in the UK

Klein, Elad and Umit, Resul (2016) Safety first: MPs in safe seats are more likely to become ministers in the UK. Pademia Research Note Series No. 1. , 4 p.

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Members of parliament (MPs) have multiple goals but limited resources. Where MPs make up the vast majority of ministerial positions as in the United Kingdom (UK), they have to confront the trade-off between their goals of vote-seeking (i.e. staying as an MP) and office-seeking (i.e. working as a minister). PADEMIA members Elad Klein and Resul Umit examine the relationship between the size of MPs’ majority and likelihood that they will hold ministerial office, finding a strong correlation. This suggests that there is a hierarchy between the legislative goals and hence that voters can affect the allocation of ministerial positions in the UK.

Item Type: Discussion/ Working Paper (Unspecified)
Funders: European Commission (EACEA)
Research Groups: European Integration
Status: Published
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Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2016 06:35
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2016 06:35
URI: http://irihs.ihs.ac.at/id/eprint/4088

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