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Election fairness and government legitimacy in Afghanistan

Berman, Eli, Callen, Mike, Gibson, Clark C., Long, James D. and Rezaee, Arman (2019) Election fairness and government legitimacy in Afghanistan. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 168. 292 - 317. ISSN 0167-2681

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.jebo.2019.10.011

Abstract

Elections can enhance state legitimacy. One way is by improving citizens’ attitudes toward government, thereby increasing their willingness to comply with rules and regulations. We investigate whether reducing fraud in elections improves attitudes toward government in a fragile state. A large, randomly assigned fraud-reducing intervention in Afghan elections leads to improvement in two indices, one measuring attitudes toward their government, and another measuring stated willingness to comply with governance. Thus, reducing electoral fraud may offer a practical, cost-effective method of enhancing governance in a fragile state.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.journals.elsevier.com/journal-of-econo...
Additional Information: © 2019 Elsevier B.V.
Divisions: Economics
Subjects: J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
JEL classification: H - Public Economics > H4 - Publicly Provided Goods > H41 - Public Goods
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O1 - Economic Development > O10 - General
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O1 - Economic Development > O17 - Formal and Informal Sectors; Shadow Economy; Institutional Arrangements: Legal, Social, Economic, and Political
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O5 - Economywide Country Studies > O53 - Asia including Middle East
P - Economic Systems > P1 - Capitalist Systems > P16 - Political Economy
Date Deposited: 02 Jan 2020 13:15
Last Modified: 29 May 2020 23:12
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/102986

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