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Rooting out corruption or rooting for corruption? The heterogeneous electoral consequences of scandals

Barberá, Pablo, Fernández-Vázquez, Pablo and Rivero, Gonzalo (2016) Rooting out corruption or rooting for corruption? The heterogeneous electoral consequences of scandals. Political Science Research and Methods, 4 (2). pp. 379-397. ISSN 2049-8470

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Identification Number: 10.1017/psrm.2015.8

Abstract

Corruption scandals have been found to have significant but mild electoral effects in the comparative literature (Golden 2006). However, most studies have assumed that voters punish all kinds of illegal practices. This article challenges this assumption by distinguishing between two types of corruption, according to the type of welfare consequences they have for the constituency. This hypothesis is tested using data from the 2011 Spanish local elections. We exploit the abundance of corruption allegations associated with the Spanish housing boom, which generated income gains for a wide segment of the electorate in the short term. We find that voters ignore corruption when there are side benefits to it, and that punishment is only administered in those cases in which they do not receive compensation.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/political-...
Additional Information: © 2015 The European Political Science Association
Divisions: Methodology
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Sets: Departments > Methodology
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2018 11:40
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2019 23:06
Funders: “La Caixa” Fellowship Program
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/87416

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