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Exploring, Maintaining, and Disengaging - The Three Phases of a Legislator's Life

Bailer, Stefanie and Ohmura, Tamaki. (2017) Exploring, Maintaining, and Disengaging - The Three Phases of a Legislator's Life. Legislative Studies Quarterly. pp. 1-28.

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Abstract

Building on the understanding that a career is a dynamic concept, this article applies the idea that parliamentarians’ legislative activities vary according to their career stage and age. This is partly a function of experience and partly a function of future career prospects. Using a new data set of the German Bundestag (2002–13) that pinpoints the age and career stage of MPs at the time of individual activities, namely, attending votes, posing parliamentary questions, and holding rapporteurships, we identify practical and normative challenges to MPs’ legislative work: It takes time to learn the trade and as the desire for re-election dissipates, a last-period problem arises. MPs significantly reduce their activity levels toward the end of their legislative careers, indicating a clear loss of accountability toward their parties and their constituents.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften > Fachbereich Politikwissenschaft > Politikwissenschaften (Bailer)
UniBasel Contributors:Biersack, Gernot and Bailer, Stefanie
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Wiley
e-ISSN:1939-9162
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Language:English
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Last Modified:07 Apr 2020 07:15
Deposited On:17 Nov 2017 16:05

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