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The law of survival of the political class:an analysis of the Italian Parliament (1946-2010)

Silvia Fedeli and Francesco Forte

No 146, Working Papers from University of Rome La Sapienza, Department of Public Economics

Abstract: Drawing on Alchian‟s and Schumpeter‟s theories about the market selection of entrepreneurs and on theories of the political class, we focus on the features characterizing the Italian post-war democratic Parliament, from 1946 to 2010. We analyse the survival of the members of the Italian Parliament, taking into account all available information concerning their individual characteristics and political affiliation. We apply the stratified Cox model, taking into consideration the order of re-election of the 15,357 repeated observations (representing 7,127 members of the Italian Parliament since 1946), who are followed as if they were “patients†in order to study their parliamentary survival.

Keywords: Political enterprise; political class; survival analysis; Italian Parliament. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D72 Z13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 42
Date: 2011-09
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