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Ideologues, Partisans, and LoyalistsMinisters and Policymaking in Parliamentary Cabinets$
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Despina Alexiadou

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198755715

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198755715.001.0001

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Who Are the Ministers?

Who Are the Ministers?

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(p.36) 3 Who Are the Ministers?
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Ideologues, Partisans, and Loyalists
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Despina Alexiadou

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198755715.003.0003

How are the ministerial types operationalized and why? Who are the cabinet ministers under study? What are their professional and political profiles? Chapter 3 addresses all these questions by discussing the coding of left and right ministerial types, and the data collection process. Left-wing ideologues are defined as social democrats and former trade union officials. Left-wing loyalists and partisans are defined as low and high rank social democrats, respectively, with no background as activists in the trade union movement. Right-wing ideologues are defined as liberals or conservatives and former economists, bankers, executives, and businessmen. Right-wing loyalists and partisans are defined as low- and high-rank liberals or conservatives, respectively, with no economics and business background. Important comparisons among the types in terms of their professional, biographical, and political background are provided.

Keywords:   cabinet ministers, professional background, political careers, educational background, biographical data

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