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Cabinet appointments in the Howard Government 1996–2007

CollectionsANU College of Law
Title: Cabinet appointments in the Howard Government 1996–2007
Author(s): Dalvean, Michael Coleman
Keywords: Australian politics;Howard government;Cabinet appointment;data mining;text analysis
Publisher: Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc.
Citation: Dalvean, M. C. (2012). Cabinet appointments in the Howard Government 1996–2007. SSRN Working Papers Series. Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. Available from Social Science Research Network database.
The purpose of this paper is to examine the factors that were associated with cabinet appointment in the Howard Government 1996 – 2007. Broadly, the factors that are cited as important in cabinet appointment in general fall into two categories: the representational and the personal. The representational factors are those that are associated related to an individual’s role as a “representative”. The personal factors are those that are associated with an individual’s personal qualities. Thus, an individual who impresses the selectorate with her oratorical or technical skills may stand a higher chance of being selected than another individual who does not have such skills. In this paper I will demonstrate that the representational factors provide negligible explanation for cabinet appointments in the Howard government. In contrast, the personal factors were significantly more important. In particular, I identify the level of concreteness/abstractness in a parliamentarian’s first speech in parliament as an important factor.


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