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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 PaperMoral reputation and political selection in a decentralized democracy: Theory and evidence from India
What motivates individuals to become politicians? This is an important question in decentralized democracies, where local politicians play a key role in public goods provision...Politician Experiments Reputation
Working PaperPoliticians and their promises in an uncertain world: Evidence from a lab-in-the-field experiment in India
In emerging economies, pro-social policy outcomes may be prevented by bureaucratic inefficiency, capture by elected or non-elected office holders, or by other hurdles...Asymmetric information Lab-in-field experiment Politician
Working PaperUnofficial sovereign wealth funds and duration in power in Africa
This paper argues that in weak states, leaders whose hold on power is secured by the public fortune have turned to the use of sovereign wealth funds (SWFs), especially unofficial SWFs, to cement their hold on power...Autonomy Natural resources political survival