Brokers, Voters, and Clientelism The Puzzle of Distributive Politics

ISBN-10: 1107660394

ISBN-13: 9781107660397

Edition: 2013

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Description: Brokers, Voters, and Clientelism addresses major questions in distributive politics. Why is it acceptable for parties to try to win elections by promising to make certain groups of people better off, but unacceptable - and illegal - to pay people for their votes? Why do parties often lavish benefits on loyal voters, whose support they can count on anyway, rather than on responsive swing voters? Why is vote buying and machine politics common in today's developing democracies but a thing of the past in most of today's advanced democracies? This book develops a theory of broker-mediated distribution to answer these questions, testing the theory with research from four developing democracies, and reviews a rich secondary literature on countries in all world regions. The authors deploy normative theory to evaluate whether clientelism, pork-barrel politics, and other non-programmatic distributive strategies can be justified on the grounds that they promote efficiency, redistribution, or voter participation.

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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/16/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Thad Dunning is Associate Professor of Political Science at Yale University and a research fellow at Yale's Institution for Social and Policy Studies and the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. He has written on a range of methodological topics, including impact evaluation, econometric corrections for selection effects and multi-method research in the social sciences, and his first book, Crude Democracy: Natural Resource Wealth and Political Regimes (Cambridge University Press, 2008), won the Best Book Award from the Comparative Democratization Section of the American Political Science Association.

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Testing the theory of broker-mediated distribution
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Clientelism and poverty
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Party leaders against the machine
Clientelism and Democratic Theory
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