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The Electoral Consequences of Corruption

De Vries, Catherine E and Solaz, Hector (2017) 'The Electoral Consequences of Corruption.' Annual Review of Political Science, 20 (1). pp. 391-408. ISSN 1094-2939

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<jats:p> Democratic elections have been assumed to play a crucial role in curbing corruption among public officials. Voters, due to their general distaste for corruption, are expected to sanction politicians who misuse public office for private gains. Yet, empirical evidence to date is mixed, and it often suggests that the electoral punishment of corruption is rather mild. Recently, political scientists have made great strides in understanding why corruption might be tolerated by voters. In this review, we identify three key stages—information acquisition, blame attribution, and behavioral response—that underlie a retrospective vote based on corruption. A breakdown of one or more of these stages may lead to a lack of electoral punishment of corruption. We also outline some areas for future progress, particularly highlighting the importance of voter coordination for understanding the extent to which corruption is punished at the ballot box. </jats:p>

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: blame attribution; corruption; elections; political information; voting behavior
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2017 14:18
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 14:47

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