Legislative Work and Career Paths of Elected Political Elites

Open Panel

Recent scholarship has focused on the career paths of elected political elites and what factors impact their prospects for promotion. To date, these findings have emphasised demographic features and previous job experience. However, this approach overlooks the importance of parliament as an important site to gain political experience. This panel invites paper proposals which seek to explore the impact of legislative work on elite careers and promotion. How does legislative experience, particularly committee work impact on promotion prospects? We further welcome papers that seek to unpack differences in perceptions of committee work among political actors when party, gender and previous career experience are taken into account.