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Dutiful citizen or a pragmatic professional? Voluntary retirement of Icelandic local councillors

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dc.contributor Háskóli Íslands
dc.contributor University of Iceland
dc.contributor.author Hlynsdóttir, Eva Marín
dc.date.accessioned 2018-04-04T10:51:30Z
dc.date.available 2018-04-04T10:51:30Z
dc.date.issued 2017-12-14
dc.identifier.citation Eva Marín Hlynsdóttir. (2017). Dutiful citizen or a pragmatic professional? Voluntary retirement of Icelandic local councillors. Stjórnmál og stjórnsýsla, 13(2), 169-188. doi:10.13177/irpa.a.2017.13.2.1
dc.identifier.issn 1670-6803
dc.identifier.issn 1670-679X (eISSN)
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/662
dc.description.abstract This article explores the working conditions of Icelandic local councillors in relation to voluntary retirement from the council. In the past three elections, the turnover in councils has been very high, with approximately six out of every 10 council members being new recruits at the beginning of each term. The turnover has also highlighted possible gender issues, as more women than men (proportionally) leave the council after their first term. The findings reveal a significant difference between the councillors who plan to stay and those who opt to leave. This is in relation to the local authorities’ population size, satisfaction with remuneration, and seniority in the council. Thus, councillors in larger municipalities or councillors satisfied with their remuneration are more likely to run for council versus councillors from smaller municipalities and those less happy with their remuneration. Seniority is also a decisive factor, as the majority of all councillors leave after the first term. Significant differences were not found between the female and male councillors in relation to voluntary retirement. However, gendered differences were found in relation to institutional position and working conditions, suggesting a gender-based division of labour in local councils.
dc.description.sponsorship The author is grateful to the University of Iceland Research Fund for a grant rewarded to the survey this paper is based on.
dc.format.extent 169-188
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Stofnun stjórnsýslufræða og stjórnmála við Háskóla Íslands
dc.relation.ispartofseries Stjórnmál og stjórnsýsla;13(2)
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject Voluntary retirement
dc.subject Local councillors
dc.subject Gender
dc.subject Population size
dc.subject Sveitarstjórnarmenn
dc.subject Starfslok
dc.subject Kynferði
dc.subject Íbúafjöldi
dc.title Dutiful citizen or a pragmatic professional? Voluntary retirement of Icelandic local councillors
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dcterms.license This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License
dc.description.version Peer Reviewed
dc.identifier.journal Icelandic Review of Politics & Administration
dc.identifier.journal Stjórnmál og stjórnsýsla
dc.identifier.doi 10.13177/irpa.a.2017.13.2.1
dc.contributor.department Stjórnmálafræðideild (HÍ)
dc.contributor.department Faculty of Political Science (UI)
dc.contributor.school Félagsvísindasvið (HÍ)
dc.contributor.school School of Social Sciences (UI)

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