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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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How to Qualify for Cabinet: Affiliational Criteria

How to Qualify for Cabinet: Affiliational Criteria

(p.133) 6 How to Qualify for Cabinet: Affiliational Criteria
Cabinets, Ministers, and Gender

Claire Annesley

Karen Beckwith

Susan Franceschet

Oxford University Press

Chapter 6 reveals the importance of affiliational criteria, defined as membership in the selector’s personal networks of friendship, trust, and loyalty, as a historically strong and enduring set of qualifications for inclusion in cabinet. The chapter shows that in the absence of rules prohibiting presidents and prime ministers from choosing political friends and trusted allies, selectors will, when unconstrained by competing rules about selecting ministers, use affiliational criteria when assembling their cabinet. A key finding in the chapter, however, is that the use of affiliational criteria differs across the book’s cases, identifying three patterns: (1) countries with strong and consistent affiliational linkages, with more than half of cabinet appointees meeting at least one of the affiliational relationships; (2) countries with occasional affiliational linkages (between 20 and 50 percent); and (3) countries with rare affiliational links (fewer than a fifth of all appointees).

Keywords:   cabinet, ministrable, ministerial qualification, affiliational criteria, political trust, homosocial capital, elite

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