Category: Call for Papers
Subject: European Consortium for Political Research General Conference
Call for papers
European Consortium for Political Research General Conference
Université de Montréal 26 - 29 August 2015 (Montreal, Canada)
“Relationship between social trajectories and political careers: the revolving door of MPs, officials and lobbyists in the EU and in some national contexts”
Panel organized within the ECPR Standing Group on Political Sociology section’s entitled ‘Political Engagement, Scholarship and Social Trajectories’
Hélène Michel, University of Strasbourg, Stéphanie Yates, Université du Québec à Montréal and Raymond Hudon, Université Laval
Revolving door, lobbying, policy-making, governance, conflicts of interest, ethics.
The social trajectories of public office holders (POHs) are having an impact on their apprehension of political issues, on their related decisions and, ultimately, on policy making per se. Hence the relevance of studying these professional paths. Of these trajectories, the revolving door is deemed suspicious by many political observers since it relates to POHs who transfer to private activities within their purview; conversely, it also comprises individuals who come to occupy a POH role more or less directly connected to the sector where they were professionally active. In addition to the underlying conflicts of interest faced by individuals associated with the phenomenon, the revolving door raises questions about public institutions’ independence from private interests and presumably contributes to a politicization of the public service. Whether these fears are justified or not, the revolving door alters traditional forms of lobbying because of the complicity – if not connivance – it evokes between a lobby and a POH. Based on a comparative approach, the objective of the panel is to discuss extensively the revolving door in the European Union and in some national (or subnational) contexts. Theoretical and empirical contributions are welcomed. Authors are encouraged to address the following questions:
- What is the extent of the revolving door in different contexts? Has it been developing in recent years?
- Are there sectors of activities which are more concerned?
- Is it ideologically conditioned?
- What are the intentions and motivations (or ambitions) that can explain decisions to pass through the revolving door?
- What are the presumed effects of the phenomenon on the game of influence and on political institutions?
- What are the ethical issues of the revolving door?
- What is the effectiveness of the different rules adopted to regulate transfers between the public and the private sectors?
For more information on the ECPR Standing Group on Political Sociology’s section for the 2015 general conference : http://www3.unil.ch/wpmu/ecpr-polsoc/2014/12/ecpr-2015-call-for-papers/