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Cabinets, Ministers, and Gender$
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Claire Annesley, Karen Beckwith, and Susan Franceschet

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190069018

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190069018.001.0001

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Who Can Be a Minister?

Who Can Be a Minister?

Eligibility and Qualifying Criteria for Cabinet Appointment

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(p.90) 4 Who Can Be a Minister?
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Cabinets, Ministers, and Gender
Author(s):

Claire Annesley

Karen Beckwith

Susan Franceschet

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190069018.003.0004

Chapter 4 focuses on the formal and informal rules that determine who is eligible and qualified for inclusion in cabinets (ministrables). Emphasizing that cabinets are formed as teams, the chapter identifies three different types of qualifications that cabinets as collectivities must include: qualifications involving experiential criteria (political experience and policy expertise), affiliational criteria (membership in a selector’s personal network of friendship, trust, and loyalty), and representational criteria (membership in a relevant political, territorial, or social group). The chapter also challenges the concept of “merit” as a qualifying criterion for cabinet appointment, identifying merit claims as a political strategy to defend the status quo, rather than an objective criterion.

Keywords:   cabinet, ministrable, eligibility pool, ministerial qualification, merit, political experience, policy, expertise

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