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By Patrik Öhberg

"[T]hose those who needs to want to rule everyone is, ipso facto, these least fitted to do it." this can be how author Douglas Adams smartly expressed the typical view of political ambition. And but, it’s tough to visualize any flesh presser getting some distance with out it. Ambitious Politicians brings a welcome research and perception to this conundrum.

Focusing first at the party-centered politics of ecu democracies, the place occupation pursuits are unavoidably diversified than these within the usa, Patrik Öhberg appears to be like heavily at what motivates these aiming on the maximum point of the political hierarchy, how those motivators fluctuate among extra and no more equalitarian societies, and the way such goals play out. His booklet, which pulls upon a uniquely broad survey carried out through the Swedish nationwide Election learn application, is the 1st thorough examine of elite politicians who aspire to the pinnacle echelons of the parliamentary approach. Politicians with profession objectives have a different inspiration of illustration, Öhberg reveals; they demonstrate a better measure of political self-regard and are extra attentive to the desires of the celebration elite in constructing innovations. those findings differ between ecu democracies, and so they range from the features and trajectories of political ambition within the usa. by means of deciding on the subtleties and charting the diversities, Öhberg deals a worthwhile lesson on even if and the way consultant democracies are served by way of politicians pushed through own ambition, or by means of these subverting such pursuits to the desires of celebration or state.

Ambition, this well timed e-book reminds us, has been an important for political thinkers from Aristotle in the course of the Founding Fathers to the newest candidate for greater workplace. trained by way of historical past and social technological know-how idea, and level-headed in a wealth of knowledge, Ambitious Politicians expands our figuring out of the real and altering function of such ambition in collective decision-making in our day.

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