Comparative Politics

Workplace Networks And Political Selection

Authors

  • Linuz Aggeborn Uppsala University & Uppsala Center for Labor Studies (UCLS) & Uppsala Center for Fiscal Studies (UCFS) ,
  • Henrik Andersson Uppsala University & Uppsala Center for Labor Studies & Uppsala Center for Fiscal Studies

Abstract

Do social networks at workplaces function as cues into the political arena? We consider this question using the case of Sweden, which has many leisure politicians who work at the regular labor market. Restricting our networks to small cells of individuals within the same occupation and workplace, we find that an individual is more likely to become a politician in the future if that person had a colleague who was a politician. We further find that these newly enrolled individuals are placed higher up on the party lists -- which to a very large extent dictates which party nominees that are elected -- in subsequent elections. Our mechanism analysis indicates that a partisan channel may explain most of the main effect and that high-ability party officials are more prominent than low-ability officials in terms of recruiting from their workplace networks.

Content

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