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Promises, promises : vote-buying and the electoral mobilization strategies of non-credible politicians, Volume 1
Author:Hanusch, Marek; Keefer, Philip; Country:World;
Date Stored:2013/10/15Document Date:2013/10/01
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:Political Systems and Analysis; Civic Participation and Corporate Governance; Politics and Government; Wages, Compensation & Benefits; State Owned Enterprise Reform
Language:EnglishMajor Sector:Education
Rel. Proj ID:1W-Governance & Political Economy Research -- -- P060358;Region:The World Region
Report Number:WPS6653Sub Sectors:Primary education
Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 6653TF No/Name:TF097855-KCP II - Worldwide Governance Indicators; TF095226-PHRD staff grant support for Junko Sekine; BBRSB-BB RESEARCH SUPPORT BUDGET; TF091229-THE GROWTH EFFECTS OF PUBLIC INVESTMENTS; TF098332-W3-Accountability; TF015098-KCP II - Worldwide Governance Indicators 2014-15; TF039976-WORLD - INSTIT'NS TO MITIGATE FINAN. CRISIS. SOC. TENSION; TF098079-PHRD STAFF GRANT SUPPORT FOR JUNKO SEKINE; TF098334-The Development Effects of Public Sector Management Reform
Volume No:1  

Summary: Vote-buying is pervasive, but not everywhere. What explains significant variations across countries in the greater use of pre-electoral transfers to mobilize voters relative to the use of pre-electoral promises of post-electoral transfers? This paper explicitly models the trade-offs that politicians incur when they decide between mobilizing support with vote-buying or promises of post-electoral benefits. Politicians rely more on vote-buying when they are less credible, target vote-buying to those who do not believe their political promises, and only buy votes from those who would have received post-electoral transfers in a world of full political credibility. The enforcement of a prohibition on vote-buying reduces the welfare of those targeted with vote-buying, but improves the welfare of all other groups in society.

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