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ECPR 50th Anniversary Fund

Professionalisation and Political Elites

Political Leadership
Panel Number
Panel Chair
Kamil Glinka
University of Wrocław

04/09/2019 15:00 - 16:40
Building: (Building A) Faculty of Law, Administration & Economics Floor: 3rd floor Room: 308
The panel focuses on the phenomenon of professionalization analyzed in the broad context of the functioning of political elites. The panel participants, representing various research approaches and methodological orientations, present the results of the research devoted to the conditions and consequences of the professionalization (or lack thereof) of the contemporary political life analyzed in both individual and collective dimensions. Not only the in-depth considerations concerning terminology and conceptualization are presented, but also the results of findings relating to specific cases (including Swiss Parliament, Dutch Parliament, European Parliament), as well as the studies conducted in a longitudinal perspective. All papers create a multi-faceted diagnosis of the challenges and threats related to the broadly understood professionalization of political careers in the crisis of a representative democracy. This diagnosis encourages us to reflect on the consequences of these dynamic and, as it seems, not fully controlled transformations.

Paper List

Title Details
How Many Professional Politicians? On the Limits of Professionalisation and the Limits of Challenging Alternatives View Paper Details
Professionalisation in the European Parliament: The Impact of Different Multi-Level Careers on the Definition of Institutional Leadership View Paper Details
Professionalisation Without End? Reasons and Consequences of Populisms’ Onslaught on Representative Democracy View Paper Details
The Parliamentary Professionalization in Switzerland and its Impact on the Professional Profile of Swiss MPs View Paper Details
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