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Where Are the Revolving Doors in Brussels? Sector Switching and Career Progression in EU Business–Government Affairs

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David Coen, Matia Vannoni

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-17
Number of pages15
Issue number1
Early online date9 Jul 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020


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By applying event history analysis to a unique large sample of more than 300 government affairs managers working for companies active in the European Union (EU), this article investigates whether managers with work experience in the public or nonprofit sector are more likely to progress in their career in their current company and whether career progression depends on when that experience takes place. The findings suggest that managers with experience in the public and nonprofit sector are less likely to progress in their careers. This effect becomes stronger when the stage of the career at which the manager had experience in the public sector is taken into consideration. These findings are contrary to the expectations from the public and private management literature and suggest that we should see less revolving door activity in Brussels. We propose that these findings are driven by the distinct EU public policy process and the variance in individual and organizational incentives in the EU public sector.

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