Date: 2015-01-23
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Category: Call for Papers
Subject: Relationship between social trajectories and political careers: the revolving door of MPs, officials and lobbyists in the EU and in some national contexts

Relationship between social trajectories and political careers: the revolving door of MPs, officials and lobbyists in the EU and in some national contexts


Call for papers


European Consortium for Political Research General Conference

Université de Montréal 26 - 29 August 2015 (Montreal, Canada)



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


Key words:

Revolving door, lobbying, policy-making, governance, conflicts of interest, ethics.


Panel description:

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:



Paper proposals must include the paper title, an abstract of about 300 words and author(s) details, and be sent to helene.michel@unistra.fr and yates.stephanie@uqam.ca by February 2th, 2015


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/







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