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Moonlighting politicians: a survey and research agenda

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Geys, Benny; Mause, Karsten

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Corporate Editor Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung gGmbH
Abstract Elected representatives in many countries are legally allowed to carry out (un)paid jobs in addition to their political mandate, often referred to as moonlighting. Despite the important selection and incentive effects such outside positions might engender, academic studies evaluating the prevalence, desirability and/or consequences of politicians' moonlighting have remained relatively scarce; often due to severe data restrictions. In recent years, however, more stringent disclosure rules have increased data availability, and large-sample analyses are becoming increasingly feasible. Besides surveying recent empirical contributions to this developing research field, this paper also outlines unresolved issues and thereby develops an agenda for future enquiry. (author's abstract)
Keywords moonlighting; shadow economy; politician; additional job; the public; evaluation
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; Sociology of Economics
Document language English
Publication Year 2011
City Berlin
Page/Pages 20 p.
Series Discussion Papers / Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung, Schwerpunkt Märkte und Politik, Forschungsprofessur und Projekt The Future of Fiscal Federalism, SP II 2011-101
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications