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Choosing Your Partner: Experimental Evidence of Politicians Choices in Governments Formation (Political Behaviour Colloquium)

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  • Tue 23 Jun 2020 17.15 - 18.30
  Add to Calendar 2020-06-23 17:15 2020-06-23 18:30 Europe/Paris Choosing Your Partner: Experimental Evidence of Politicians Choices in Governments Formation (Political Behaviour Colloquium)

Do politicians consider individual characteristics when choosing government partners? While the existing work popularizes the importance of party motivations in government formation processes, the discussion of the importance of actors’ preferences is absent. I conduct a conjoint experiment on Spanish mayors to explore whether and how individual characteristics could drive decision-making on the selection of government partners. By asking mayors directly with a novel design, the results make clear that politicians’ gender, age, and education level matter in forming governments. Mayors, on average, prefer to form coalitions with women, which are perceived as easier for communication; middle-aged candidates, which are seen as more able to govern; and candidates with similar education levels than them.The findings are important for our understanding of the mechanisms behind politician’s selection of governing partners, contributing to the knowledge of the role of individual characteristics in the political selection process.

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Do politicians consider individual characteristics when choosing government partners? While the existing work popularizes the importance of party motivations in government formation processes, the discussion of the importance of actors’ preferences is absent. I conduct a conjoint experiment on Spanish mayors to explore whether and how individual characteristics could drive decision-making on the selection of government partners. By asking mayors directly with a novel design, the results make clear that politicians’ gender, age, and education level matter in forming governments. Mayors, on average, prefer to form coalitions with women, which are perceived as easier for communication; middle-aged candidates, which are seen as more able to govern; and candidates with similar education levels than them.The findings are important for our understanding of the mechanisms behind politician’s selection of governing partners, contributing to the knowledge of the role of individual characteristics in the political selection process.


Location:
Online session via zoom -

Affiliation:
Department of Political and Social Sciences

Type:
Working group

Contact:
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Organiser:
Francesco Colombo
SPS Researcher Emma Hoes (EUI)

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