Patrons, Clients and Policies
Patterns of Democratic Accountability and Political Competition
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Patrons, Clients and Policies by Herbert Kitschelt
Book DescriptionMost models of party competition assume that citizens vote for a platform rather than narrowly targeted material benefits. However, there are many countries where politicians win elections by giving money, jobs, and services in direct exchange for votes. This is not just true in the developing world, but also in economically developed countries - such as Japan and Austria - that clearly meet the definition of stable, modern democracies. This book offers explanations for why politicians engage in clientelistic behaviours and why voters respond. Using newly collected data on national and sub-national patterns of patronage and electoral competition, the contributors demonstrate why explanations based on economic modernization or electoral institutions cannot account for international variation in patron-client and programmatic competition. Instead, they show how the interaction of economic development, party competition, governance of the economy, and ethnic heterogeneity may work together to determine the choices of patrons, clients and policies.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521865050
(228mm x 152mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 29-Mar-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Herbert Kitschelt
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This book takes stock of the major economic and political challenges advanced capitalist democracies face today.
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Patrons, Clients and Policies, Paperback (March 2007)
A study of patronage politics and the persistence of clientelism across a range of countries.
Germany: Beyond the Stable State, Paperback (February 2004)» View all books by Herbert Kitschelt
This text offers an interpretation of recent German economic performance, asking why the relationship between organized labour and employers, on which the German capitalist system depends, has begun to break down.
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Author Biography - Herbert Kitschelt
Herbert Kitschelt is George V. Allen Professor of International Relations in the Department of Political Science at Duke University. He is the editor of Continuity and Change in Contemporary Capitalism (with Peter Lange, Gary Marks and John D. Stephens, 1999) and author of Post-Communist Party Systems: Competition, Representation, and Inter-Party Cooperation (with Zdenka Mansfeldova, Radoslaw Markowski and Gabor Toka, 1999), The Transformation of European Social Democracy (1994) and The Radical Right in Western Europe (1995) which won the Woodrow Wilson Award of the APSA in 1996. Steven I. Wilkinson is Nilekani Professor of India and South Asia and Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at Yale University. His book Votes and Violence: Electoral Competition and Ethnic Riots in India (Cambridge University Press, 2004) was co-winner of the American Political Science Association's 2005 Woodrow Wilson Foundation prize. He is currently researching the links between colonial inheritances and post-independence levels of democracy, governance and conflict.
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