Combining the Hazards of Ministerial Appointment AND Ministerial Exit in the Canadian Federal Cabinet

Kerby, Matthew (2011) Combining the Hazards of Ministerial Appointment AND Ministerial Exit in the Canadian Federal Cabinet. Canadian Journal of Political Science, 44 (3). ISSN 1744-9324

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Abstract

The Canadian federal cabinet stands out among Westminster parliamentary democracies because of the large number of first-time ministers who are appointed to cabinet without any previous parliamentary or political experience. Several explanations have been put forward to account for this peculiarity but no attempt has been made to examine how Canadian prime ministers overcome the information deficit associated with appointing ministers with no experience. How can prime ministers be confident that they are making the right choice? This paper explores the subject by estimating the survival functions of ministerial turnover for potential, but not yet appointed, cabinet ministers were they to survive to a defined political benchmark; these survival rates are included in a logit model of Canadian ministerial appointment following four general elections (1957, 1979, 1984 and 2006) in which the prime minister was tasked with appointing a cabinet with ministerial neophytes.

Item Type: Article
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/595
Item ID: 595
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Political Science
Date: September 2011
Date Type: Publication

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