Cabinet appointments in the Howard Government 1996–2007
|Collections||ANU 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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