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ECPR Rising Star Award

Political Clientelism and the Quality of Public Policy

Political Parties
Public Policy
Workshop Number
Workshop Directors
Saskia Ruth-Lovell
Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Marcia Taylor
ECPR, Harbour House
Workshop Co-Director
Maria Spirova
Departments of Political Science and Public Administration, Universiteit Leiden

This workshop aims to examine the policy implications of clientelistic practices with respect to diverse societal groups and in different regions of the world. Though the decline of clientelism in democratic contexts has often been predicted, it has proven to be highly adaptive strategy of electoral mobilization and party building. Due to this persistence of clientelism in both new and old democracies it is important to study the effects of the phenomenon on different democratic institutions more thoroughly. Of particular importance for the present workshop are the consequences of clientelism for the quality of public policy. Arguments in the research literature allude to two implications of clientelism in this respect: Firstly, if parties in control of government focus their policy programs more likely on those voters that are not inclined to give their vote in exchange to material benefits, clientelism may lead to distorted policy representation. Secondly, if political elites face incentives to engage in rent-seeking and to generate targetable private goods, clientelistic practices like patronage may lead to distortive implementation of policy programs. Therefore, the workshop seeks to attract paper proposal with respect to three themes: (1) The general consequences of clientelism on the quality of public policy and public welfare. (2) The policy implications of clientelism with respect to specific voter groups. (3) The effect of clientelism on policy output and policy implementation.

Paper List

Title Details
Bad Bargains? Does Vote-Buying Hinder Progressive Social Policy in Latin America? View Paper Details
Business Organisations, Party Systems and Tax Composition in Colombia and Peru: Understanding When Economic Elites Pay Taxes View Paper Details
Clientelism and Policy Effects: Evidence from Russia 1996‒2008 View Paper Details
Clientelism and Preferences for Redistribution: Insights from a Survey Experiment in South Africa View Paper Details
Clientelism in Central America: Do Districts Shape Clientelistic Behaviour? View Paper Details
Clientelism in Contemporary Turkish Politics View Paper Details
Fragmented Budgetary Politics in Corrupt and Non-Corrupt Systems: What Creates a Spending Bias? View Paper Details
Implementing Integrated Land Management in Western Canada: Policy Reform and the Resilience of Clientelism View Paper Details
Inequality, Clientelism and Political Budget Cycles: The Case of Italy View Paper Details
Patrons or Champions? Ethnic Minority Parties and Clientelism View Paper Details
Political Appointments and Regulatory Outcomes View Paper Details
Political Clientelism and Reform of Social Services Implementation in Croatia View Paper Details
Political Economy of Clientelism: Equality of Access to Thailand Village Fund View Paper Details
The Bureaucracy as an Opportunity Structure for Patron-Client Networks: An Empirical Assessment of Administrative Neopatrimonial Patterns in Argentina and Brazil (1990‒2010) View Paper Details
The Clientelist Top Civil Servant? Patterns and Practices in Western Europe View Paper Details
The Clientelistic Triangle: Parties, Funding Legislation and Public Resource Allocation in Romania View Paper Details
The Logic of Affirmative Action in India: Clientelist Identity Politics View Paper Details
To Elect or Appoint? The Impact of Election or Appointment of Local Officials on Public Goods Provision in Jordan View Paper Details
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