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Should I Stay or Should I Go Now?

Voluntary Retirement from Danish Local Government
Why do politicians choose to retire voluntarily from a position they have been working hard to get? It is argued in this article that the institutional setting of the elected assemblies influences the direct, as well as the alternative, costs and benefits of having a political career and hence the patterns of voluntary retirement.
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Forfattere: Ulf Hjelmar, Asmus Leth Olsen og Lene Holm Pedersen
Udgivet: December 2010

Should I Stay or Should I Go Now?

Drawing on previous research from the United States Congress, this is explored in a new empirical setting: local government in Denmark. The results show that positions at the labour market matter as private-sector employees are more likely to retire than public-sector employees. Furthermore, internal institutional factors matter. Holding an institutional position such as chairing a committee makes retirement less likely. Furthermore, seniority makes the councillors more likely to retire when age is controlled for - a result not found in national studies. However, councillors who reach a high-ranking position at an early stage are not more likely to quit with seniority than those who do not reach such a position. A high personal share of votes decreases voluntary retirement. In contrast to previous findings, the ideological distance from the ruling party does not play a role. This may be due to norms of consensus in the local councils.

Corrected by: Erratum in Scandinavian Political Studies, 34(1):98-99 Early view 11. februar 2011 Erratum

Type: Videnskabelig artikel, Scandinavian Political Studies, 33, 4: 402-416
Vidensområde: Økonomi og administration