Conservative Ministers in the Coalition Government of 2010-15: Evidence of Bias in the Ministerial Selections of David Cameron?



Heppell, Tim and Crines, Andrew
(2016) Conservative Ministers in the Coalition Government of 2010-15: Evidence of Bias in the Ministerial Selections of David Cameron? Journal of Legislative Studies, 22 (3). 385 - 403.

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Abstract

The article uses a data set of the 2010–15 Parliamentary Conservative Party (PCP)to test a series of hypotheses in order to determine whether those selected forministerial office during the coalition era were representative of the PCP as awhole. Thefindings show no significant associations or bias by Cameron interms of age, schooling, regional base, morality, voting for Cameron in theConservative Party leadership election and, most significantly, gender.Significant associations or bias were evident in terms of Cameron’s patronagewith regard to university education and electoral marginality. Thefindingsdemonstrate that any critique of current Conservative ministers based ontheir supposed elitism stems from the institutional and structural biaseswithin the Conservative Party at candidate selection level, and cannot beattributed to bias on behalf of Cameron.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cameron coalition, Conservative Party, government ministers, ministerial backgrounds
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2018 10:23
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2022 11:25
DOI: 10.1080/13572334.2016.1202647
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URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3030303

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