Paths to power and ministers’ durability: the Portuguese case

Carlos Seixas*, Manuel Luís Costa

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This research work is an inquiry into whether paths to power matter for the survival of ministers. Four different paths to ministerial positions are defined: ‘Parliamentary’, ‘Party’, ‘Public Service’ and ‘Independent’. The theoretical perspective is based on both the ex-ante informational asymmetry and the moral hazard problem. A rigorous survival analysis was developed for the Portuguese case, and the main conclusion is that ministers who have attained power through the ‘Party’ path last longer in government than ‘Parliamentary’ ones.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)403-425
Number of pages23
JournalWest European Politics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 23 Feb 2021


  • Paths to power
  • Ministers’ durability
  • Survival
  • Portugal


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