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Corruption and power in democracies

  • Francesco Giovannoni

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  • Daniel Seidmann

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We study the implications of Acton’s dictum that power corrupts when citizens vote (for three parties) and governments then form in a series of elections. In each election, parties have fixed tastes for graft, which affect negotiations to form a government if parliament hangs; but incumbency changes tastes across elections. Our model entails various plausible predictions about long-run patterns of government. Acton’s dictum results in possible government turnover, and in different predictions about possible government composition: for example, that the grand coalition may form. Copyright Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014

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Volume (Year): 42 (2014)
Issue (Month): 3 (March)
Pages: 707-734

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