Press Release: New UN study on tax and social protection policies in Africa during COVID-19
In the first study of its kind on Africa, researchers found that tax and benefit policies provided limited income protection to poorest households but failed to offset the increase in poverty. Read more
COP26: Are We Ready?
On 28 October 2021 at 16:00 (UTC+3), UNU-WIDER organizes an online panel discussion titled COP26: Are We Ready? An international panel of experts specialising in mining, oil and gas will discuss key issues. Read more
Think WIDER Webinar Series – New perspectives on development
Think WIDER – New perspectives on development webinar series features a line-up of eminent researchers and development specialists who present their work and discuss new perspectives to the topic of global development. Learn more
NEW POLICY GUIDEBOOK: Deals and development in fragile and conflict-affected states
The guidebook is designed to help economic advisers to analyse country context and design interventions with the goal of enabling positive growth that reduces fragility.
Industrial Policy in the 21st Century – the Challenge for Africa
Our MOOC on industrial policy is open! Join this free self-paced course, with an instructor and regular opportunities to interact. Learn more
16 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Working PaperContract 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 PaperTechnology 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
Working PaperFormalizing 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 PaperPoverty, 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
Working PaperVoter 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
Working PaperSocial 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 PaperClientelistic 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 PaperClientelism 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 PaperClientelism, 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 PaperClientelism 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
BlogClientelism – 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 workshopClientelist politics and economic development
Panel discussionClientelist 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...
ProjectClientelist politics and economic development – theories, perspectives and new directions
Theme: Transforming statesClientelism Politics Economic development
Working PaperWho 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