Still Rising: The Career Politician in the British House of Commons, the Cabinet and the Shadow Cabinet

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    Abstract

    There is a public perception that politicians in the United Kingdom are increasingly detached from the electorate due to the apparent increase in the number of ‘career politicians’ with a professional background in politics. This article examines the occupational backgrounds of successful candidates to the House of Commons of the United Kingdom between the 1997 and 2010 general elections, comparing the parliamentary compositions of the three main political parties (Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats) during this period, and the Cabinet and Shadow Cabinet as of 2014. By evaluating original and secondary quantitative data, it is argued that professionalised politicians have increased in the House of Commons relative to other occupational backgrounds, and are even further disproportionately represented in the senior teams of each major party.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages11-28
    Volume2
    No.1
    Specialist publicationQueen's Political Review
    Publication statusPublished - May 2014

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