Party Personnel Datasets now available

I am pleased to announce the publication of a new article, “The Party Personnel Datasets: Advancing Comparative Research in Party Behavior and Legislative Organization Across Electoral Systems” in Legislative Studies Quarterly (open access), coauthored with Matthew E. Bergman (first author), Cory L. Struthers, Robert J. Pekkanen, and Ellis Krauss.

The article introduces the datasets used in the recently published book, Party Personnel Strategies (Oxford, 2021). The data include more countries and many more variables than were covered in the research reported in the book. The datasets themselves are available at the Dataverse.

Here is the article abstract:

This paper introduces eight country-level datasets with >50,000 observations that can be used to analyze novel comparative questions concerning party personnel strategies—how parties recruit candidates and allocate members across party, legislative, and cabinet positions. We make these datasets public to inspire comparative research, especially from an electoral systems perspective; electoral systems shape constituency representation and influence how parties recruit candidates and organize members in legislative and government bodies. In this paper, we first briefly review the relevant literature on electoral nomination and post-election appointment and then describe our motivations for constructing multi-country datasets that can be used to further comparative research. To illustrate the possibilities in these new datasets, we show how recruitment and placement of parliamentarians with particular personal characteristics correlates with their placement onto specific committees and cabinet posts. A conclusion identifies other areas of research that might benefit from using the party personnel datasets.

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