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The Political Class in Advanced DemocraciesA Comparative Handbook$
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Jens Borchert and Jürgen Zeiss

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199260362

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199260362.001.0001

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Norway: Professionalization—Party-oriented and Constituency-based

Norway: Professionalization—Party-oriented and Constituency-based

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(p.298) 16 Norway: Professionalization—Party-oriented and Constituency-based
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The Political Class in Advanced Democracies
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Hanne Marthe Narud

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199260362.003.0016

This chapter discusses the political professionalization of the Norwegian Storting, its main focus being on the various institutional constraints of Norwegian MPs and on the importance of the recruitment structures for providing access to the political class. Here, the role of the constituency party branch is crucial: Because local councils are the training ground for future parliamentarians, because of the decentralized character of the nomination process, and because of the political legitimacy of pursuing local interests, you rarely get to be a member of the political class without going through the local network provided by the constituency party. Norwegian parliamentarians are therefore actors on two different yet interrelated arenas, the local arena and the parliamentary arena: As party politicians they play the parliamentary role game, and as district representatives they are constrained by constituency demands.

Keywords:   constituency party, district representation, institutional constraints, Norway, political class, political recruitment, professionalization

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