Clientelistic practices in Eastern Europe with Isabela Mares, Yale University
SEMINAR OF THE KEY THEMES: STRAINS ON DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATION
Sciences Po, Room K011, 1 Place Saint Thomas d'Aquin, 75007 Paris Compulsory Registration
This talk presents the main results of a recent multimethod study designed to measure the incidence of various forms of illicit campaigning in Eastern European democracies. Conditionality and Coercion (co-authored with Lauren Young, UC Davis) argues that we need to disaggregate clientelistic practices based on whether they use public or private resources and whether they involve positive inducements or threats and coercion. Using a battery of survey-based experiments, we also investigate how voters sanction different forms of clientelism. We show that clientelistic exchanges give politicians the opportunity to send voters information about their competence, but also policy positions. Hence, the distinction between programmatic and clientelistic linkages is less pronounced than previously assumed.
Isabela Mares, Yale University
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