Kinder and gentler ministers in consensus democracies? Personality and the selection of government members

Flick Witzig, Martina; Vatter, Adrian (2022). Kinder and gentler ministers in consensus democracies? Personality and the selection of government members. Politics, 026339572211165. Sage 10.1177/02633957221116507

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This study examines the personality traits of candidates for the Swiss government and how they are related to the candidates’ electoral chances. Switzerland as a paradigmatic consensual democracy is an ideal test case to examine the connection between the specific pattern of a democracy and the government personalities that fit it. We argue that the cultural and institutional setting of the Swiss Government increases the electoral chances of kinder and gentler personalities. To test this, we estimate regression models on a new data set of candidates covering all vacancies in the Swiss government between 1982 and 2020. Our results reveal that candidates with a higher level of agreeableness do enjoy an advantage in the electoral process for Swiss consensus government.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science

UniBE Contributor:

Flick Witzig, Martina and Vatter, Adrian

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

ISSN:

1467-9256

Publisher:

Sage

Language:

English

Submitter:

Madleina Christina-Maria Ganzeboom

Date Deposited:

06 Sep 2022 10:08

Last Modified:

11 Sep 2022 02:09

Publisher DOI:

10.1177/02633957221116507

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/172245

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/172245

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