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QoG lunch seminar with Virginia Oliveros

Seminar series

The QoG Institute regularly organizes seminars related to research on Quality of Government. The seminars address the theoretical and empirical problem of how political institutions of high quality can be created and maintained as well as the effects of Quality of Government on a number of policy areas, such as health, the environment, social policy, and poverty.

Speakers are invited from the international research community and experts from NGOs and other organizations to the lunch seminars. The seminars last for one hour and include a short presentation by the speaker (30-35 min) followed by a joint discussion about the topic.

If nothing else is indicated, the seminars are held in English.

Title of seminar: "Working for the Machine: Patronage Jobs and Political Services in Argentina"

Abstract: Conventional wisdom posits that patronage jobs are distributed to supporters in exchange for political services. But why would public employees comply with the agreement and provide political services even after receiving the job? Departing from existing explanations that are based either on fear of punishment or feelings of reciprocity, I argue that patronage employees engage in political activities because their jobs are tied to the political survival of their patrons. Jobs held by supporters will be maintained by the incumbent but not by a competing politician. Supporters, then, have incentives to provide political services to help the incumbent, which makes their original commitment to provide services a credible one. Using list and survey experiments embedded on an original survey of 1200 Argentine public employees, I show that patronage employees are indeed involved in political activities and that they believe their jobs are tied to the political success of the incumbent.

Lecturer: Virginia Oliveros (visiting scholar 20-24 Feb) Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Tulane University https://virginiaoliveros.com

Date: 2/22/2017

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Categories: Social Sciences

Organizer: The Quality of Government Institute

Location: Stora Skansen (B336) Sprängkullsgatan 19

Contact person: Alice Johansson

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