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Political dynasties and personal political machines

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dc.contributor.advisor Adshead, Maura
dc.contributor.advisor Costello, Rory
dc.contributor.author Scully, Diarmuid
dc.date.accessioned 2018-07-27T13:55:58Z
dc.date.available 2018-07-27T13:55:58Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/7002
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract This thesis proposes an electoral system-based explanation for the observable variations in the rate of family following in the parliaments of mature, developed, democratic states. Electoral systems that foster intra-party competition for votes from the general public are held to incentivise the creation of personal political machines. Such machines are heritable and it is this inheritance that conveys significant advantages to the relatives of former MPs who follow them into elected office. A theory of dynasty formation and a new ranking of electoral systems according to the degree to which they incentivise the creation and maintenance of personal political machines are developed. These are tested against recent elections in seven countries and against the last eleven elections in Ireland. The results support the thesis and lead to a series of recommendations for electoral system reform. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher University of Limerick en_US
dc.subject electoral systems en_US
dc.subject votes en_US
dc.subject machines en_US
dc.title Political dynasties and personal political machines en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/doctoralThesis en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_theses_dissertations en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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