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QoG lunch seminar with Sofia Vera

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:
Conditional Corruption Costs: Accepting The Inevitable Or Resisting It Quietly?

A rapidly growing literature on citizen responses to corruption has advanced our understanding about how the limited availability of trustworthy information as well as voter biases toward in-group candidates can reduce the political impact of exposed corruption. In comparison, we know less about how particular contextual conditions undermine voters¿ ability to punish corrupt candidates at the ballot box. While we know that economic performance helps explain the variation in accountability for corruption, we are still uncertain about the nuances of the relationship between corruption accusations and economic conditions, and our existing knowledge has not yet revealed how this interaction plays out in contexts of widespread corruption. We provide experimental evidence that even types of corruption with side benefits would be harshly punished when they are attributed to incompetent politicians. We also find that while voters punish corruption more leniently when a candidate is competent, they respond negatively to corruption regardless of the prevalence of corruption. Based on carefully designed survey experiments, this study helps to reconcile some of the mixed evidence in the existing literature and has important implications for the literature on corruption voting and democratic accountability.

Lecturer: Sofia Vera, PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh http://www.sofiabvera.com

Date: 2/7/2018

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Categories: Social Sciences

Organizer: The Quality of Government Institute

Location: Stora Skansen (B336) Sprängkullsgatan 19

Contact person: Tove Wikehult

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