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Promises, promises : vote-buying and the electoral mobilization strategies of non-credible politicians, Volume 1
 
Author:Hanusch, Marek; Keefer, Philip; Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 6653
Country:World; Date Stored:2013/10/15
Document Date:2013/10/01Document Type:Policy Research Working Paper
SubTopics:Civic Participation and Corporate Governance; Wages, Compensation & Benefits; State Owned Enterprise Reform; Political Systems and Analysis; Politics and GovernmentLanguage:English
Major Sector:EducationRel. Proj ID:1W-Governance & Political Economy Research -- -- P060358;
Region:The World RegionReport Number:WPS6653
Sub Sectors:Primary educationTF No/Name:TF015098-KCP II - Worldwide Governance Indicators 2014-15; TF095226-PHRD staff grant support for Junko Sekine; TF097855-KCP II - Worldwide Governance Indicators; BBRSB-BB RESEARCH SUPPORT BUDGET; TF091229-THE GROWTH EFFECTS OF PUBLIC INVESTMENTS; TF098334-The Development Effects of Public Sector Management Reform; TF098079-PHRD STAFF GRANT SUPPORT FOR JUNKO SEKINE; TF098332-W3-Accountability; TF039976-WORLD - INSTIT'NS TO MITIGATE FINAN. CRISIS. SOC. TENSION
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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