Electoral Rules and Clientelistic Parties: A Regression Discontinuity Approach

 

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dc.creator Pellicer, Miquel
dc.creator Wegner, Eva
dc.date 2013-02-28T13:39:53Z
dc.date 2013-02-28T13:39:53Z
dc.date 2012
dc.date.accessioned 2015-05-28T10:05:11Z
dc.date.available 2015-05-28T10:05:11Z
dc.date.issued 2015-05-28
dc.identifier http://hdl.handle.net/11090/169
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11090/169
dc.description This paper studies the causal effect of electoral systems on the performance of clientelistic vs. programmatic parties. We argue that, contrary to majoritarian systems, proportional systems disfavor clientelistic parties as voters can hardly be pivotal for electing their local patron. We test this insight using data from local elections in Morocco from 2003 and 2009. We use a regression discontinuity approach exploiting the fact that the law stipulates a population threshold below which the system is majoritarian and above which it is proportional. Results show a differential causal effect of proportional systems on programmatic and clientelisticparties: Clientelistic parties halve their seats and the programmatic party doubles them when crossing the threshold of proportionality. An important caveat is that the sample size around the threshold being relatively small, some coefficients are estimated relatively imprecisely. Fixed effects estimates exploiting a change in threshold from 2003 to 2009 yield qualitatively similar results. Length: 52 pages
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit
dc.subject Regression discontinuity
dc.subject Electoral system
dc.subject Proportional system
dc.subject Politics
dc.title Electoral Rules and Clientelistic Parties: A Regression Discontinuity Approach
dc.type Report
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource SALDRU Report en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Commerce en_ZA
dc.publisher.department SALDRU en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Report DA - 2015-05-28 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town KW - Regression discontinuity KW - Electoral system KW - Proportional system KW - Politics LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2015 T1 - Electoral Rules and Clientelistic Parties: A Regression Discontinuity Approach TI - Electoral Rules and Clientelistic Parties: A Regression Discontinuity Approach UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11090/169 ER - en_ZA


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