Title: How Political Careers affect Prime-Ministerial Performance: Evidence from Central and Eastern Europe
Authors: Grotz, Florian 
Müller-Rommel, Ferdinand
Berz, Jan
Kroeber, Corinna
Kukec, Marko 
Language: eng
Issue Date: 7-Mar-2021
Document Type: Article
Journal / Series / Working Paper (HSU): Comparative Political Studies
Volume: 54
Issue: 11
Page Start: 1907
Page End: 1938
Even though Prime Ministers (PMs) are the central actors in parliamentary democracies, little comparative research explores what makes them perform successfully in office. This article investigates how the political careers of PMs affect their performance. For this purpose, we make use of a unique expert survey covering 131 cabinets in 11 Central and Eastern European countries between 1990 and 2018. Performance is defined as a two-dimensional set of tasks PMs ought to fulfill: first, managing the cabinet and directing domestic affairs as tasks delegated to their office, second, ensuring support of parliament and their own party, who constitute the direct principals. The findings indicate that a simple political insider career is not sufficient to enhance prime-ministerial performance. Rather, PMs who served as party leaders have the best preconditions to succeed in office.
Organization Units (connected with the publication): Politikwissenschaft, insb. Vergleichende Regierungslehre 
Publisher DOI: 10.1177/0010414021997174
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