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Ambitious politicians : the implications of career ambition in representative democracy / Patrik Ohberg.

By: Ohberg, Patrik [author.].
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Publisher: Lawrence : University Press of Kansas, 2017Description: 1 online resource.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780700624249; 0700624244.Subject(s): Comparative government | Representative government and representation -- United States | Representative government and representation -- Europe | Ambition | Legislators -- United States -- Attitudes | Legislators -- Europe -- AttitudesAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Ambitious politicians.DDC classification: 328.3/3 Other classification: POL025000 | POL015000 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Machine generated contents note: -- List of Figures and Tables -- Preface and Acknowledgments -- 1. Are There Ambitious Politicians among Us? -- 2. Political Ambition Theory -- 3. Are There MPs Who Aspire to High Positions -- 4. Which Mps Aspire to High Positions -- 5. Are There MPs with Real Career Ambitions? -- 6. Are Ambitious MPs Successful? -- 7. Is Sweden Different? -- 8. Ambition in Representative Demcracy -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.
Summary: "Research shows that we mistrust people who seem too nakedly ambitious for power. Indeed, Madison warned of the dangers from ambitious politicians. And yet, in the United States, with relatively weak parties, personal ambition for power is almost essential as candidates must create their own campaigns. In Europe many think that personal ambition tends to be subordinated to the goals of the party because political parties are much stronger and more disciplined. This is a study of the role of political ambition in Europe, comparing it to the United States. The author finds that personal ambition plays a different role in Europe but one that is changing. In the age of Donald Trump it is timely to ask whether countries are better served by politicians who seek higher office because of personal ambition or by those who subordinate their personal goals to the needs of the party or the country"--
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Machine generated contents note: -- List of Figures and Tables -- Preface and Acknowledgments -- 1. Are There Ambitious Politicians among Us? -- 2. Political Ambition Theory -- 3. Are There MPs Who Aspire to High Positions -- 4. Which Mps Aspire to High Positions -- 5. Are There MPs with Real Career Ambitions? -- 6. Are Ambitious MPs Successful? -- 7. Is Sweden Different? -- 8. Ambition in Representative Demcracy -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.

"Research shows that we mistrust people who seem too nakedly ambitious for power. Indeed, Madison warned of the dangers from ambitious politicians. And yet, in the United States, with relatively weak parties, personal ambition for power is almost essential as candidates must create their own campaigns. In Europe many think that personal ambition tends to be subordinated to the goals of the party because political parties are much stronger and more disciplined. This is a study of the role of political ambition in Europe, comparing it to the United States. The author finds that personal ambition plays a different role in Europe but one that is changing. In the age of Donald Trump it is timely to ask whether countries are better served by politicians who seek higher office because of personal ambition or by those who subordinate their personal goals to the needs of the party or the country"--

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Although political science has long recognized the importance of personal ambition in understanding how members of Congress operate and which ones pursue leadership positions, studies of European parliamentary systems have largely ignored ambition and personal motives and instead examined political parties and institutional constraints to explain legislative behavior. Yet Öhberg argues (and then shows empirically) that just as career ambition is vital in understanding the behavior of representatives in Congress, the study of ambition contributes to understanding the political careers and behavior of representatives in parliamentary systems as well. He compares 11 European parliaments, with special attention to Sweden. He finds differences between politicians who have career ambitions and reach important positions and those who do not have those goals. Ambitious politicians, among other things, are more actively engaged with their party and more eager to placate the party elite and view representation differently. Öhberg also shows that that there are differences among countries in the number of politicians who would be considered ambitious. Although Ambitious Politicians is brief and understandable in general, it is targeted to scholars interested in representative democracy and comparative legislative studies. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students through professionals. --Reed L. Welch, West Texas A&M University

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