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Revista mexicana de ciencias políticas y sociales

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BOLOGNESI, Bruno; MONSEFF PERISSINOTTO, Renato  and  CODATO, Adriano. Political Recruitment in Brazil. Women, Blacks and Political Parties in the 2014 Federal Elections. Rev. mex. cienc. polít. soc [online]. 2016, vol.61, n.226, pp.247-278. ISSN 0185-1918.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0185-1918(16)30010-1.

This article aims to present a systematic approach to the influence of professional occupations on parliamentary political recruitment. Norris and Lovenduski's (1997) hypothesis is put to the test, according to which given occupations are more prone to produce political success than others, analyzing 5 219 cases of candidates who participated for a position in Brazil's parliament during the 2014 elections. We classified stated occupations into categories, considering their greater or lesser predisposition towards politics, and we evaluated the influence of social variable on electoral results. We added other attributes like sex, skin color and size of party represented by each candidate to the type of occupation. The findings reveal a strong association between the occupations with a high disposition for politics and electoral success, including the case of women and the small parties' candidates, with the exception of black candidates.

Keywords : professional occupations; political recruitment; political parties; political professionalization; elections.

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