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Voters’ ignorance means that many corrupt politicians get to stay in office

Klasnja, Marko (2017) Voters’ ignorance means that many corrupt politicians get to stay in office. USApp - American Politics and Policy Blog (18 Apr 2017). Website.

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Abstract

In the US Congress, involvement in a corruption scandal is by no means the end to a legislator’s political career, with 60 percent of those implicated in such scandals going on to win reelection. So why do politicians get away with corruption? In new research which examines more than 130 Congressional corruption cases over 35 years, Marko Klasnja finds that part of the answer is voters’ lack of attention. Whereas voters with high levels of political awareness penalize corrupt politicians compared to clean ones, voters with lower levels of political awareness do not.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2017 The Author(s) CC BY-NC 3.0; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 08 May 2017 14:17
Last Modified: 11 May 2020 23:22
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/75984

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