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Title:It's the occupation, stupid! Explaining candidates' success in low-information local elections PDF Logo
Authors:Mechtel, Mario
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:Beiträge zur Jahrestagung des Vereins für Socialpolitik 2011: Die Ordnung der Weltwirtschaft: Lektionen aus der Krise - Session: Voting and Elections A15-V1
Abstract:We analyze the effects of personal characteristics of 4239 political candidates on their performance in local elections in Germany. Our results show that a candidate's occupation plays a decisive role. Occupational effects can be explained by (a) an occupation's public reputation and (b) public renownedness of individuals carrying out certain occupations. The findings regarding the occupational reputation effects are strongly correlated with polls on occupational reputation/prestige in the US and Germany.
Subjects:low-information elections
local elections
occupational reputation
political economy
JEL:D72
D70
J01
Document Type:Conference Paper
Appears in Collections:Jahrestagung des Vereins für Socialpolitik 2011: Die Ordnung der Weltwirtschaft - Lektionen aus der Krise

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