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622 - Quality and Professionalization of Politicians in Latin America

20.07.2012 | 08:00 - 13:30

Convener 1: Manuel, Alcántara (University of Salamanca , Salamanca, Spain / Spanien)
Convener 2: Kernecker, Theresa (University of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain / Spanien)

The purpose of this symposium is to inquire into the quality of politicians in contemporary democracies. The relevance of this subject corresponds to the relevant political actors in democratic regimes. On one hand, the relevance of political actors in the recent democratization process and the need for an analysis of leaders as strategic partners in the institutions, in particular legislative branch. Besides the study of parliaments and the role that they have had in the processes of democratization, it is necessary to analyze the characteristics of the political elite that makes decisions. For a democracy to be successful is important to have political quality combine professional and democratic values. The study of elites has taken an important position in political science because these strategies are important processes of dismantling authoritarian governments and the creation and formation of the game of the new democratic regimes. In this sense, the importance of leaders and political representatives has been increasing in the study of contemporary democracies. The second concept of the relevance of the careers of politicians in contemporary political systems. In particular, given the importance of parliaments and parliamentary elite in the democratic processes, it is interesting to analyze what features are parliamentarians, how their careers develop policies and processes of professionalization in terms of the opportunities offered by their immediate , environment and political structures. Therefore, the importance of studying the careers of politicians and the interaction of the latter with different institutional and structural factors that create limits and opportunities for political action. Due to the differing nature of democracy and political systems in Latin America, the institutional factors often create different opportunities that lead to certain career paths of the politicians in the political realm, for instance the political parties and electoral systems. These factors have a great impact on the processes which lead politicians to representative positions. It is therefore interesting to enquire: Who are the actors that make the political decisions in Latin America? How does the quality and the professional character of the politicians influence in the Latin American contemporary democracies? Most importantly, How do we measure quality and professionalization in Latin America? The purpose of this symposium is to analyze the quality, professionalization and political paths of the politicians in various Latin American countries from a comparative perspective

Keywords: Latin America, political parties, politicians, professionalization, quality

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