Party animals, career changers and other pathways into parliament

  title={Party animals, career changers and other pathways into parliament},
  author={Tamaki Ohmura and Stefanie Bailer and P. Mei$\beta$ner and Peter Selb},
  journal={West European Politics},
  pages={169 - 195}
Abstract Research on parliamentary careers has paid little attention to variations in pre-parliamentary career patterns and their value in explaining legislators’ parliamentary success. Using sequence and cluster analysis, this article identifies typical career tracks taken by Party Animals, Local Heroes, Late Bloomers, Land Legislators, High-Flyers and Career Changers based on a comprehensive dataset of German parliamentarians’ biographies (1998–2014). The analysis confirms the role of the… 
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