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Gaining and Losing Interest in Running for Public Office: The Concept of Dynamic Political Ambition

Fox, Richard L ; Lawless, Jennifer L

The Journal of Politics, 2011, Vol.73(2), pp.443-462 [Periódico revisado por pares]

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  • Título:
    Gaining and Losing Interest in Running for Public Office: The Concept of Dynamic Political Ambition
  • Autor: Fox, Richard L ; Lawless, Jennifer L
  • Assuntos: Corruption ; Political Systems ; Voters ; Cynicism ; Politics; National-Level Politics ; Article
  • É parte de: The Journal of Politics, 2011, Vol.73(2), pp.443-462
  • Descrição: Considering a candidacy for public office involves pondering the courageous step of going before an electorate and facing potential examination, scrutiny, and rejection. Anyone who contemplates running for office, therefore, must answer a series of questions. Is the time right to inject my family into the political arena? Where am I in terms of my professional goals? Do I know enough about the issues and the political system to run for office? Am I in sync with my potential constituents on the issues that matter most? Have electoral gatekeepers indicated support for my foray into politics? Do I really want to take part in a political process that is so often associated with self-interest, corruption, and cynicism? In short, a variety of personal, professional, and political circumstances—circumstances that often change over time—undoubtedly affect the extent to which someone considers entering the electoral arena.

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