No. 10




Cabinet Minister Turnover and Longevity of Governments

15 December 2004


RiTo No. 10, 2004

  • Tarmo Seliste

    Communications Director, Federation of Estonian Student Unions

Even though the stability of governments has been under the lens of political scientists for a long time, only in recent times have the changes occurring within a government received attention.

Thus it was thought up to the present time that replacing ministers had a negative effect on government longevity. In analyzing how frequently ministers are replaced in Eastern Europe and the Baltic states, we become convinced there is a positive connection. Changes of ministers are a natural phenomenon accompanying government activity, and its effect on government need not be negative. On the contrary, an infusion of fresh blood can increase rather than reduce the durability of a government.

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