By David Samuels

This e-book explores the translation of politicians' occupation pursuits. contributors search to win repeated reelection, within the U.S. apartment of Representatives and political scientists have assumed that reelection motivates politicians all over. besides the fact that, politicians in Brazil see the nationwide legislature as a stepping-stone to "higher" workplace, in kingdom and/or neighborhood govt. Making the suitable assumption approximately politicians' profession targets ends up in a greater knowing of the political approaches. This e-book improves on earlier "rational selection" analyses by way of gaining knowledge of political profession pursuits and exploring real-world implications.

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Take the Secretary for Sports and Tourism. You’d think that this secretariat is not that politically valuable, but it really is, even though its budget is small, because all over the state, there are sports clubs that the state sponsors . . politicians have a lot of success with these groups, because the government builds little stadiums, puts in soccer fields, sponsors sports tournaments. The Secretary is always there. Imagine, if the Secretary of Sports pays for your team’s jerseys, or sponsors your team’s tournament.

Politician estimates for a seat in the House, compared to other positions in each political system. which way is up? Given the information provided, a picture of the hierarchy of political positions in Brazil emerges. Politicians clearly value the position of governor more than state secretary, state secretary more than state deputy, senator more than federal deputy, and minister more than federal deputy. Deputies also report that the benefits of a state secretariat or of serving as mayor are greater than of being federal deputy.

1997 on Japan; Cain, Ferejohn, and Fiorina 1987 on the United Kingdom; Hibbing 1998). By focusing on national party and/or legislative careers, this literature thus largely ignores the possibility that subnational positions could hold significant attractions to career-minded politicians, including those who have already reached the national legislature, and ignores the possibility that subnational politicians may be more important to incumbent legislators’ future careers than national party leaders.

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