Pedro Tavares de Almeida, António Costa Pinto & Nancy Bermeo (edited by)

Who Governs Southern Europe? Regime Change and Ministerial Recruitment, 1850-2000

London ,  Frank Cass

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In modern politics, cabinet ministers are major actors in the arena of power as they occupy a strategic locus of command from which vital, authoritative decisions flow continuously. Who are these uppermost policy-makers? What are their background characteristics and credentials? How are they selected and which career paths do they travel in their ascent to power?
This set of research issues has guided this collection, a comprehensive, empirical account of the composition and patterns of recruitment of ministerial elites in Southern Europe throughout the last 150 years, thus encompassing different historical circumstances and political settings - liberal, authoritarian and democratic. With original, comparative data from the 19th century to the present, it provides valuable material for debates about how regime change and economic development affect who governs. 

Portuguese version: Pedro Tavares de Almeida, António Costa Pinto & Nancy Bermeo (eds.),  Quem Governa a Europa do Sul? O recrutamento ministerial, Lisbon, Imprensa de Ciências Sociais, 2006.

Table of Contents

Portuguese ministers, 1851-1999 - social background and paths to power

Pedro Tavares de Almeida & Antonio Costa Pinto

Ministers and regimes in Spain -from the first to the second restoration, 1874-2002

Juan J. Linz et al.

Ministers in Italy - notables, party men, technocrats and media men

Maurizio Cotta & Luca Verzichelli

Ministerial elites in Greece, 1843-2001 - a synthesis of old sources and new data

Dimitri A. Sotiropoulos & Dimitris Bourikos

Ministerial elites in southern Europe - continuities, changes and comparisons

Nancy Bermeo

Contact Information

Antonio Costa Pinto   |
Institute of Social Sciences   |   Av. Professor Anibal Betencourt, 9   |   1600-189 Lisbon   |   Portugal