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Corruption and Voter Participation

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  • Monica Escaleras

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    (Department of Economics, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL, USA)

  • Peter T. Calcagno

    (Department of Economics and Finance, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, USA)

  • William F. Shughart II

    (Department of Economics and Finance, Jon M. Huntsman School of Business, Utah State University, Logan, UT, USA)

Abstract

The literature on voter turnout focuses on the determinants of the electorate’s vote supply. There is growing recognition, however, that the demanders of votes—candidates, political parties, and interest groups—have strong incentives to invest resources in mobilizing support on Election Day. The authors test the hypothesis that corruption rents increase the value of holding public office and, hence, elicit greater demand-side effort in building winning coalitions. Analyzing a pooled time-series data set of public officials convicted of misusing their offices between 1979 and 2005, we find, after controlling for other influential factors, that governmental corruption raises voter turnout rates in gubernatorial elections.

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Article provided by in its journal Public Finance Review.

Volume (Year): 40 (2012)
Issue (Month): 6 (November)
Pages: 789-815

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Handle: RePEc:sae:pubfin:v:40:y:2012:i:6:p:789-815

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Keywords: political corruption; vote demand; voter turnout; rent seeking;

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  1. Björn Kauder & Niklas Potrafke, 2014. "Just Hire your Spouse! Evidence from a Political Scandal in Bavaria," CESifo Working Paper Series 4813, CESifo Group Munich.

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