Political Dynasties in the UK House of Commons: The Null Effect of Narrow Electoral Selection

Abstract: Does power persist within families? This article considers whether members of the UK House of Commons with longer legislative careers after 1832 were more likely to establish a political dynasty. Tenure can create opportunities to promote relatives. A regression discontinuity design for re-election races helps to rule out the confounding influence of inheritable traits. There is no evidence for a causal effect of tenure length on establishing or continuing a dynasty. Established families may have constrained further dynasty development, explaining the null result of tenure.


License CC BY-NC-ND
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/lsq.12164
Type Journal Articles
C-ID POLS 130 - Comparative
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