Date of Award
Major Research Paper
Master of Public Administration
This research project explores the career ambitions of local politicians to seek office at higher levels of government. Testing theories from existing political ambition research in other jurisdictions, the paper explores factors of political ambition in Ontario through a survey of first-time local councillors and an archival study of past multi-level political careers. Success in politics can follow many paths, but results from the survey indicate that councillors who were younger, male, extraverted, and involved in partisan political activities were more likely to have ambitions for higher office. Further, while American political careers tend to move upward from local to federal government, in Ontario they are much more fluid, with politicians moving between different levels of government throughout the span of their careers.
Nauta, Rachel, "Political Practice: The Career Mobility and Ambitions of Local Councillors" (2021). MPA Major Research Papers. 212.