Quantitatively comparing elite formation over a century: ministers and judges

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Education, general, including:, Political science, 6. HUMANITIES, History


The abstract of the draft article that the datasets come from states:

In democratic societies the role of the education system is seen as crucially important to their development. It is critical in structuring society and in the value of its human and social capital. In particular, the role played by the education system in the creation and reproduction of the governing elites, and its countervailing potential to create a more meritocratic and egalitarian society has been an enduring topic of concern, research and debate. However, many of these debates have been rendered opaque by an inability to quantitatively examine, and directly compare, the influence of elite formation systems over time. To help resolve these issues, we employ elite formation quantitative indices to directly and transparently compare the role of the secondary school system in Ireland in political and judicial elite formation, over its history as an independent country, from 1922 to 2022.

Politicians 1922-2022 Schooling v6.xls (144 kB)
Dataset 1 - Politicians 1922-2022

Judges 1922-2022 Schooling v6.xls (115 kB)
Dataset 2 - Judges 1922-2022

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