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SeminarStéphane Straub on voting corrupt politicians out of office? Evidence from a survey experiment in Paraguay
Stéphane Straub will present at the WIDER Seminar Series on 13 November 2019. Abstract – Voting corrupt politicians out of office? Evidence from a survey experiment in Paraguay This paper challenges the conventional wisdom that giving...
Working PaperCampaign externalities, programmatic spending, and voting preferences in rural Mexico: The case of Progresa-Oportunidades-Prospera programme
This study presents an analysis of the electoral impacts of one of the most prominent conditional cash transfers in the world: Mexico’s Progresa-Oportunidades-Prospera (POP) programme...Conditional cash transfers Information externalities Mexico
Working PaperCompeting cleavages in sub-Saharan Africa?: How economic distance affects ethnic bloc politics
Does economic standing cross-cut ethnicity in African electoral politics? In many countries in the region, ethnicity appears to be a major consideration in individuals’ political decision-making...Equality and inequality Voting
Working PaperHuman capital inequality and electoral outcomes in South Africa
This paper examines the nature and evolution of horizontal and vertical human-capital inequality in South Africa since the end of apartheid...Equality and inequality Human capital Voting
Journal ArticleThe Middle Class and Democratic Consolidation in Zambia
Part of Journal Special Issue The Political Economy of Africa's Emergent Middle ClassDemocracy Voting
Journal Article“No Bourgeoisie, No Democracy”? The Political Attitudes of the Kenyan Middle Class
Part of Journal Special Issue The Political Economy of Africa's Emergent Middle ClassDemocracy Democratization Voting
Journal ArticleAre Land Reforms Granting Complete Property Rights Politically Risky?: Electoral Outcomes of Mexico's Certification Program
Part of Journal Special Issue Land and Property RightsLand tenure Political science Voting
Journal ArticleIncome Inequality, Redistribution, and Poverty: Contrasting Rational Choice and Behavioral Perspectives
Part of Journal Special Issue Poverty, Development, and Behavioral EconomicsDistribution Equality and inequality Income distribution
BlogAfrica’s Emerging Middle Class: What are the Implications for Development and Democracy?
11 December 2013 Danielle Resnick Economic transformation and social mobility are currently popular themes in the development community. Both themes are especially relevant to analyses of the small but growing middle class in sub-Saharan Africa...Democracy Democratization Economic policy
BlogFrom the Editor's Desk (December 2013)
10 December 2013 Tony Addison Our November-December Angle comes amid intense activity on our ReCom—Research and Communication on Foreign Aid—programme, which is drawing to a close...Agriculture Aggregation operators Budget
Research BriefAfrica’s Democratic Trajectory: The Impact of Development Aid and Democracy Assistance
Development aid was effective in promoting democratic transitions during the 1990s in African countries beset by economic crisis domestic discontent, and a high dependency on aid...Democratization Economic assistance and foreign aid Government accountability
BlogFrom the Editor’s Desk (October 2013)
31 October 2013 Tony Addison October finds Angle in New York, for our event on ‘Fragility and Aid–What Works?’ at the Permanent Mission of Germany to the UN...Agriculture Budget Children
BookDemocratic Trajectories in Africa: Unravelling the Impact of Foreign Aid
Despite impressive economic growth rates over the last decade, foreign aid still plays a significant role in Africa's political economies...Budget Democracy Economic assistance and foreign aid
Journal ArticleContinuity and Change in Senegalese Party Politics: Lessons from the 2012 elections
Senegal's 2012 presidential and legislative elections reaffirmed the country's longstanding reputation as one of Africa's most stable democracies...Democratization Political science Voting
Journal ArticleDo Electoral Coalitions Facilitate Democratic Consolidation in Africa?
I n a region where democratization has led to a proliferation of opposition parties, pre-electoral coalitions represent an obvious means by which to reduce excessive party fragmentation in Africa...Democratization Political science Voting
BlogDemocracy, Transparency, and Parliamentary Broadcasting
22 August 2013 Patrick Gregory ‘Justice should not only be done, but should manifestly and undoubtedly be seen to be done’...Democracy Government accountability Justice, Administration of