Technocratic Ministers and Political Leadership in European Democracies

  • António Costa Pinto
  • Maurizio Cotta
  • Pedro Tavares de Almeida

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Political Leadership book series (PSPL)

About this book


This book provides an in-depth analysis of the ‘technocratic shift’ in ministerial recruitment, measuring its extent and variations over time in fourteen European countries. It addresses the question: who governs in European democratic regimes? Just a few decades ago, the answer would have been straightforward: party-men and (fewer) party-women. More recently, however, and in varying degrees across Europe, a greater proportion of non-politicians or experts have been recruited to government, as exemplified by the 2017 election of Emmanuel Macron to the French Presidency. These experts, frequently labelled “technocrats”, increasingly occupy key executive positions and have emerged as powerful actors in the decision-making process. This edited collection explores the contemporary debates surrounding the relationship between technocracy, democracy and political leadership, and will appeal to scholars and advanced students interested in these fields. 


Technocratic ministers in Europe European technocrats political leadership in Europe political leadership in European democracies Governance in Europe leadership and political experience election of experts to political office non-partisan ministers in France non-partisan ministers in Sweden non-partisan ministers in Italy non-partisan ministers in Portugal non-partisan ministers in Spain non-partisan ministers in Central Eastern Europe non-partisan ministers in Balkan countries non-partisan ministers in Hungary non-partisan ministers in Romania non-partisan ministers in Turkey

Editors and affiliations

  • António Costa Pinto
    • 1
  • Maurizio Cotta
    • 2
  • Pedro Tavares de Almeida
    • 3
  1. 1.University of LisbonLisbonPortugal
  2. 2.University of SienaSienaItaly
  3. 3.NOVA University of LisbonLisbonPortugal

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