ABSTRACT

How do county councillors in Europe move in, through and out of their political offi ce? Following Aars et al. (2012: 64), we defi ne political careers as ‘the various roads leading from initial recruitment to eventual derecruitment’. As such the political career commences once elected citizens who have successfully completed their recruitment process develop patterns of mobility within and between positions in the political realm (Marvick 1972).