Why Do Councillors Quit Prematurely? On the Democratic Consequences of Councillors Leaving Their Seats before the End of Their Terms
2011 (English)In: Lex Localis, ISSN 1581-5374, E-ISSN 1855-363X, Vol. 9, no 4, 297-310 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In Sweden, one out of six councillors leave council before their term ends, which is often claimed to signal a crisis for democracy. We critically scrutinize this by surveying the motives behind dropping out. The claim may be right if political motives dominate, but if private motives dominate, dropouts do not signal a crisis for democracy. Questionnaires were sent to all premature dropouts from 2002-2006 and 2006-2009 in 13 municipalities. We find that private reasons dominate, and a majority of the respondents report that they enjoyed their time in council. Therefore premature dropouts cannot be claimed to signal a crisis for local democracy.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Maribor, Slovenia: Inst. Local Self-government Public Procurement Maribor , 2011. Vol. 9, no 4, 297-310 p.
de-recruitment, premature dropouts, local politics, political parties, local government
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-72264DOI: 10.4335/164ISI: 000296668600001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-72264DiVA: diva2:458803