This week’s SPIRe seminar series features SPIRe’s Dr. Jos Elkink and Dr. Alex Baturo from the Department of Law and Government at Dublin City University presenting their paper “Auctoritas or Potestas? Personal and Institutional Sources of Individual Political Influence” from 13:00-14:00 in G317 Newman (Arts) Building, UCD Belfield.
“Does the political ofﬁce that an individual occupies primarily determine one’s overall political inﬂuence, or can the same ofﬁce be strengthened or weakened depending on the ofﬁce-holder? Thus far, it has proven difﬁcult to empirically separate the ofﬁce from the ofﬁceholder. We argue that provided there is an indicator for the overall individual political inﬂuence and there is sufﬁcient variability among individuals taking the same ofﬁce, being promoted and demoted into different ofﬁces, it is possible to estimate separate latent individual and institutional effects. Our model thus provides a new instrument to measure the level of (de)institutionalisation in a political regime. Using expert surveys that assess the ranking of the top political actors in Russia in the 1994-2011 period, we ﬁnd that ofﬁce dominates individual roughly by the order of two.”