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Decentralization, Accountability and the 2007 MPs Elections in Kenya

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  • Roxana Gutierrez-Romero

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The Kenyan Constituency Development Fund (CDF) aims to alleviate poverty by allocating resources to constituencies which MPs and residents decide how to spend.� In this paper we assess whether MPs' re-election chances were affected by their management of the CDF.� For this purpose we analyse the type of projects implemented by the CDF and residents' opinion about their MP and the CDF.� We find that MPs' re-election chances were influenced by MPs' ethnicity and by the way MPs allocated the CDF.� MPs who run the most projects on education and the least on other projects such as health or water were less likely to be re-elected.

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Paper provided by University of Oxford, Department of Economics in its series Economics Series Working Papers with number CSAE WPS/2010-09.

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Date of creation: 01 Feb 2010
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Handle: RePEc:oxf:wpaper:csae-wps/2010-09

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Keywords: Decentralization; Accountability; Elections; Africa; Kenya;

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