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To run or not to run (again) for political office… at the crossroads between public values and self-interested benefits: Insights from the Canton of Ticino

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Daniela Cristofoli ,

Swiss Public Administration Network and Faculty of Economics, Università della Svizzera italiana USI, Via Giuseppe Buffi 13, 6904 Lugano, Svizzera
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Paolo Crugnola

Centre for Local Authorities Training of the State and Government of the Canton of Ticino (Centro di formazione per gli Enti locali CEFL), Stabile Icaro, via Mirasole 1, 6500 Bellinzona, Svizzera
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Abstract

What motivates people to run (or run again) for political office? Politics is an ideology-based activity, but is the desire to serve the State and contribute to people’s well-being enough to motivate people? Or are personal and self-interested benefits (like prestige and reputation, or remuneration and career opportunities) able to influence the willingness to run as well? At a time when political ideology seems to be going through a crisis, and politicians’ wages and privileges are being questioned in many countries worldwide, our paper aims to explore what matters (and what matters most) when the decision to engage in politics is made. The data come from a survey administered last year to politicians holding an office in the municipalities of the Canton of Ticino (Councillors, Commissioners and Mayors).

How to Cite: Cristofoli, D., & Crugnola, P. (2012). To run or not to run (again) for political office… at the crossroads between public values and self-interested benefits: Insights from the Canton of Ticino. Yearbook of Swiss Administrative Sciences, 3(1), 91–105. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/ssas.42
Published on 31 Dec 2012.
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