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Clientelism
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Poverty, social networks, and clientelism

Part of Journal Special Issue Clientelist Politics and Development

Social networks Poor vote-buying
Journal Article
Receiving more, expecting less?: Social ties, clientelism and the poor’s expectations of future service provision

Part of Journal Special Issue Clientelist Politics and Development

vote-buying Clientelism Social cohesion
Journal Article
Clientelism, corruption and the rule of law

Part of Journal Special Issue Clientelist Politics and Development

Clientelism Development Benefit programmes
Working Paper
Management of the COVID-19 pandemic in Kerala through the lens of state capacity and clientelism

During the first wave of COVID-19 infections, Kerala, a state in southern India, successfully managed to contain the pandemic. As a result, the Kerala model of managing the COVID-19 pandemic was celebrated as a success across the globe...

COVID-19 Pandemic State capacity
Journal Article
Clientelism and governance

Part of Journal Special Issue Clientelist Politics and Development

vote-buying Clientelism Politics
Journal Article
Formalizing clientelism in Kenya: From Harambee to the Constituency Development Fund

THIS ARTICLE IS PART OF A FORTHCOMING JOURNAL SPECIAL ISSUE OF WORLD DEVELOPMENT | Why does clientelism persist? What determines how politicians signal responsiveness to voters and exert effort towards fulfilling campaign promises?...

Politics Kenya Clientelism
Working Paper
Residual capacity and the political economy of pandemic response in Ghana

On the whole, poor countries in Africa and elsewhere seem to have weathered the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2, or COVID-19) pandemic better than wealthier countries with superior healthcare systems...

COVID-19 State capacity Clientelism
Working Paper
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
Working Paper
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
Working Paper
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
Working Paper
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
Working Paper
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
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