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QoG lunch seminar with Elena Costas

Research profile seminar

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:
Historical and contemporary determinants of electoral turnout in Spain

On the one hand, corruption may discourage voters from going to the polls. On the other, corruption may have the opposite effect on electoral turnout: mobilize citizens to vote. This paper argues that the effect of corruption on electoral turnout depends on two conditional factors: first, partisan leanings, and, second, the timing of the corruption scandal. Using an original dataset of Spanish local and survey data, we are able to identify the mobilization and disaffection effects that corruption may generate on electoral participation. We show that an episode of local corruption means citizens are, on average, 1.5% less likely to vote. However, corruption only affects independent voters, who are 4.4% less likely to vote with a corruption scandal in their municipality, while those with strong political leanings (either incumbent¿s supporters or opposition's) tend to turn out at the polls to support their politicians regardless the corruption scandals. Overall, these results indicate the disaffection effect of scandals over voting predominates over that of mobilization. Additionally, I will present a preliminary study on violence, polarization and electoral behavior with evidence from the Spanish Civil War.

Lecturer: Elena Costas (visiting scholar at the QOG institute September-December) Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Economics Department of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona http://www.elenacostasperez.com/

Date: 1/10/2018

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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