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By Patrik Öhberg

"[T]hose those who needs to want to rule everyone is, ipso facto, these least suited for do it." this is often how author Douglas Adams smartly expressed the typical view of political ambition. And but, it’s challenging to visualize any baby-kisser getting a long way with no it. Ambitious Politicians brings a welcome research and perception to this conundrum.

Focusing first at the party-centered politics of ecu democracies, the place profession targets are inevitably diverse than these within the usa, Patrik Öhberg seems to be heavily at what motivates these aiming on the optimum point of the political hierarchy, how those motivators vary among extra and no more equalitarian societies, and the way such targets play out. His ebook, which attracts upon a uniquely vast survey carried out through the Swedish nationwide Election research application, is the 1st thorough research of elite politicians who aspire to the head echelons of the parliamentary procedure. Politicians with occupation pursuits have a unique proposal of illustration, Öhberg unearths; they exhibit the next measure of political self-regard and are extra attentive to the desires of the get together elite in constructing recommendations. those findings fluctuate between eu democracies, and so they range from the characteristics and trajectories of political ambition within the usa. by way of picking the subtleties and charting the diversities, Öhberg bargains a necessary lesson on no matter if and the way consultant democracies are served via politicians pushed by means of own ambition, or through these subverting such pursuits to the wishes of occasion or state.

Ambition, this well timed e-book reminds us, has been an important for political thinkers from Aristotle throughout the Founding Fathers to the newest candidate for better place of work. expert by way of historical past and social technological know-how idea, and level-headed in a wealth of information, Ambitious Politicians expands our figuring out of the $64000 and altering function of such ambition in collective decision-making in our day.

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