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The Political Class in Advanced Democracies: A Comparative Handbook

Jens Borchert and Jürgen Zeiss


Professional politicians have increasingly come under public attack in most democratic countries, yet they have received surprisingly little systematic attention in political science. This is the first comprehensive overview of professional politicians in democratic countries.\par This book demonstrates that there are both striking similarities between professional politicians in different countries and notable national peculiarities. The introduction develops a common conceptual framework, which is put into use in the following chapters. Using Gaetano Mosca's term and Max Weber's seminal insi ... More

Keywords: advanced democracies, institutional context, institutional reform, political careers, political class, professionalization of politics, remuneration

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Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199260362
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005 DOI:10.1093/0199260362.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jens Borchert, editor
Senior Researcher in Politics, University of Goettingen, Germany
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Jürgen Zeiss, editor
Researcher in Politics, University of Goettingen, Germany

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12 Italy: The Homeland of the Political Class


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