Arise, Careerless Politician: The Rise of the Professional Party Leader

  title={Arise, Careerless Politician: The Rise of the Professional Party Leader},
  author={Stephen P. Barber},
  pages={23 - 31}
Taking as its starting provocation Philip Cowley's ‘Arise, Novice Leader!’, this article contributes to the discussion of the nature of today's party leaderships. ‘Experience’, even for political office, should be viewed as ‘real-world’ work as much as time served in parliament. By quantifying non-political pre-parliamentary experience of post-war leaderships, I show both that current leaders are relatively ‘careerless’ and that this is not historically unusual. While Cowley's observation is… 

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