Up the Political Ladder: Career Paths in US Politics

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Up the Political Ladder examines the motivations for pursuing a career in electorial politics in the US and reveals the surprising path taken by most of the country's core leadership. Contrary to popular wisdom, most successful politicians do not emerge from trust fund, professional sports careers or Hollywood, but from a deliberate track through the political ranks. This book plots the rise to high office, beginning with the campaigning of local elections, and progressing through successively larger state districts, and then up the political ladder to state senate, national congress, and the Presidency.

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Francis and Kenny (both politics, U. of Florida-Gainsville) examine why states differ in ease of entry into state and national political office, and analyze the strategic decisions-making behavior of politicians in their bids to rise to the top, looking especially at how US presidents have ascended. They also explain how term limits are replacing orderly rising with early exits from lower office and riskier gropes for higher ones. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

The Political Ladder and Career Decision Making
Prospects for Success
The Political Landscape in the Fifty States
Selectivity in Career Decisions to Move Up
Term Limits and Their Impact on Career Choice, Turnover, and Selectivity in the States
Party Competition Over Policy
Upward Mobility and Position Shifting
A Theory of Upward Movement

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