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Professional activists? Party activism among political staffers in parliamentary democracies

Pieter Moens (UGent)
(2020)
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Although professionalization and cartelization assume that political staffers have become alienated from parties, research indicates that many of them are close to their party. Based on unique survey data collected among the staff of fourteen Belgian and Dutch parties (N=1009), this paper offers an in-depth analysis of party activism among this under-researched population. Introducing a new rational choice framework, I argue that staff recruitment is shaped by forces of supply (candidate preferences) and demand (party preferences). Findings show that the majority of political staffers are high-intensity activists with a strong commitment to their party. Moreover, the theoretical model accurately predicts that non-activists are more common among policy-and communication experts, ministerial staff and those working for ideologically moderate parties. These observations challenge existing assumptions about professionalization and raise normative questions on internal congruence within parties in coalition governments.
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Political staff, Party Activism, Political Professionalization, Survey research

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Moens, Pieter. Professional Activists? Party Activism among Political Staffers in Parliamentary Democracies. 2020, doi:0.13140/RG.2.2.28904.49929.
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Moens, P. (2020). Professional activists? Party activism among political staffers in parliamentary democracies. https://doi.org/0.13140/RG.2.2.28904.49929
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Moens, Pieter. 2020. “Professional Activists? Party Activism among Political Staffers in Parliamentary Democracies.” https://doi.org/0.13140/RG.2.2.28904.49929.
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Moens, Pieter. 2020. “Professional Activists? Party Activism among Political Staffers in Parliamentary Democracies.” doi:0.13140/RG.2.2.28904.49929.
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Moens P. Professional activists? Party activism among political staffers in parliamentary democracies. 2020.
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P. Moens, “Professional activists? Party activism among political staffers in parliamentary democracies.” 2020.
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  abstract     = {{Although professionalization and cartelization assume that political staffers have become alienated from parties, research indicates that many of them are close to their party. Based on unique survey data collected among the staff of fourteen Belgian and Dutch parties (N=1009), this paper offers an in-depth analysis of party activism among this under-researched population. Introducing a new rational choice framework, I argue that staff recruitment is shaped by forces of supply (candidate preferences) and demand (party preferences). Findings show that the majority of political staffers are high-intensity activists with a strong commitment to their party. Moreover, the theoretical model accurately predicts that non-activists are more common among policy-and communication experts, ministerial staff and those working for ideologically moderate parties. These observations challenge existing assumptions about professionalization and raise normative questions on internal congruence within parties in coalition governments.}},
  author       = {{Moens, Pieter}},
  keywords     = {{Political staff,Party Activism,Political Professionalization,Survey research}},
  language     = {{eng}},
  pages        = {{29}},
  title        = {{Professional activists? Party activism among political staffers in parliamentary democracies}},
  url          = {{http://dx.doi.org/0.13140/RG.2.2.28904.49929}},
  year         = {{2020}},
}

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