Recruitment to legislative office is
one of the core functions of political systems, yet we know
little about how the process varies from one country to another.
Passages to Power provides a comparative account of legislative
recruitment that applies a common analytical framework and new
survey data to nineteen advanced democracies. Who succeeds in
becoming a politician? Who fails? And why? This important new
study brings together an outstanding group of international
scholars to look at recruitment around the world.
Pippa Norris, Ian McAllister,
Lynda Erickson, Voitto Helander, Bernhard Wessels, Haruhiro
Fukui, Monique Leijenaar, Kees Niemoller, Helena Catt, Joni
Lovenduski, Paul S. Herrnson
" Passages to Power
provides insight into legislative recruitment in particular and
democracy in general. ...this book offers a timely tool for
scholars to grasp not only the idea of democracy, but the
process of democracy as well." Mitchell F. Fuller, LSS
"Each of the chapters stands on
its own in providing a comprehensive analysis of the recruitment
process in the selected countries. In this respect, the book
will be of interest to country and area specialists, to students
of political parties and electoral institutions, and to those
interested in the social and political stratification of
advanced industrial societies. ...it is neverthelessa landmark
in the development of collaborative approaches to political
recruitment." Linda L. Fowler, American Journal of Sociology
1. Introduction: theories of
recruitment Pippa Norris
2. Australia Ian McAllister
3. Canada Lynda Erickson
4. Finland Voitto Helander
5. Germany Bernhard Wessels
6. Japan Haruhiro Fukui
7. The Netherlands Monique Leijenaar and Kees Niemoller
8. New Zealand Helena Catt
9. United Kingdom Pippa Norris and Joni Lovenduski
10. United States Paul S. Herrnson
11. Conclusions: comparing passages to power Pippa Norris.
Copyright 2004 Pippa Norris, John F.
Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge MA 02138.