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How clientelism undermines state capacity: Evidence from Mexican municipalities

Does clientelism perpetuate the weak state capacity that characterizes many young democracies? Prior work explains that clientelist parties skew public spending to private goods and under-supply public goods...

Clientelism State capacity Bureaucratic capacity
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Contract clientelism: How infrastructure contracts fund vote-buying

Where does the money come from to buy votes? We argue that an important source of funds for vote-buying comes from ‘contract clientelism’, or the provision of public contracts to private firms in exchange for campaign donations...

Contracts vote-buying Clientelism
Working Paper
Technology and clientelist politics in India

This paper argues that new computer, smartphone, and universal ID technologies are reducing the incentives for political clientelism in the delivery of social programmes in India, especially by allowing party leaders to bypass local brokers to credit...

Clientelism India Technology
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Formalizing clientelism in Kenya: From Harambee to the Constituency Development Fund

Why does clientelism persist? What determines how politicians signal responsiveness or fulfil their campaign promises?...

Politics Kenya Clientelism
Working Paper
Poverty, social networks, and clientelism

Why are the poor susceptible to clientelism, and what factors shield them from the influence of vote buying? We explore the role of both formal and informal social networks in shaping the likelihood of being targeted with private inducements...

Social networks Poor vote-buying
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Voter coercion and pro-poor redistribution in rural Mexico

Voter coercion is a recurrent threat to pro-poor redistribution in young democracies. In this study we focus on Mexico’s paradigmatic Progresa-Oportunidades-Prospera (POP) programme...

Voting Clientelism Conditional cash transfers
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Social ties, clientelism, and the poor’s expectations of future service provision: Receiving more, expecting less?

Are candidates who hand out clientelistic goods at election time less likely to provide services once they take office?...

vote-buying Clientelism Social cohesion
Working Paper
Clientelistic politics and pro-poor targeting: Rules versus discretionary budgets

Past research has provided evidence of clientelistic politics in delivery of programme benefits by local governments, or gram panchayats (GPs), and manipulation of GP programme budgets by legislators and elected officials at upper tiers in West Benga...

Clientelism Governance Targeting
Working Paper
Clientelism and governance

Unlike much of the growing literature on political clientelism, this short paper contains mainly the author’s general reflections on the broad issues of governance (or mis-governance including corruption), democracy, and state capacity that cli...

vote-buying Clientelism Politics
Working Paper
Clientelism, public goods provision, and governance

It is widely believed that clientelism—the giving of material goods in return for electoral support—is associated with poorer development outcomes...

Clientelism Development Benefit programmes
Working Paper
Clientelism and development: is there a poverty trap?

There are sound theoretical reasons to expect clientelism to suppress economic growth: politicians who garner support by offering employment to voters and grassroots party members can do so more effectively when the voters’ participation constr...

Clientelism political competition Public policy
Clientelism – another reason to worry about US democracy

The last several months have given us many reasons to worry about US democracy – not least the riot at the US Capitol and the president’s refusal to accept the results of the November election, with Republican support. Rachel Gisselquist ...

Clientelism United States Corruption
Project workshop
Clientelist politics and economic development
15 October 202016 October 2020
Virtual, Helsinki , Finland
Past event
Panel discussion
Clientelist politics and development panel at APSA 2020 annual meeting

On 10 September UNU-WIDER will be participating in a panel at the 2020 APSA Virtual Annual Meeting & Exhibition , on the topic of Clientelist Politics and Development . The panel, chaired by UNU-WIDER's Senior Research Fellow Rachel M...

10 September 2020
Past event
Clientelist politics and economic development – theories, perspectives and new directions

Theme: Transforming states

Clientelism Politics Economic development
Working Paper
Who trusts?: Ethnicity, integration, and attitudes toward elected officials in urban Nigeria

In the developing world, clientelism is common. In Africa, public office is often used to redistribute resources to ethnically defined constituencies, and this form of clientelistic exchange is a key determinant of vote choice...

Trust Identity Politics
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