Earlier research focused extensively on political parties as promoters and users of clientelism. However, previous studies have also revealed that parties are not monolithic organizations and they can be seen through the lenses of several faces or components. As such, it is unclear which of the party features is more conducive to clientelism than others. This article analyses several party features in relation to clientelism and tests their explanatory power. Our analysis is driven by a differentiation between several features of the political parties: performance in office, public funding, territorial coverage and notoriety of local political leaders. We rely on data from an original expert survey conducted for 15 parties in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine between February and June 2018.
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Appendix 1: Descriptive statistics for the variables included in the analysis
Appendix 2: The confidence of experts in their assessments
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Gherghina, S., Volintiru, C. Political parties and clientelism in transition countries: evidence from Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Acta Polit (2020). https://doi.org/10.1057/s41269-020-00151-x
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