Why Women in Encompassing Welfare States Punish Corrupt Political Parties
Citizens punish corrupt political parties; that is the microfoundation for the theory that electoral accountability acts as a mechanism to curb corruption. Empirical research, however, shows that the link is weaker than anticipated in theory. Citizens do not always and everywhere “vote the rascals out,” and it is hard to underpin the notion that perceptions of corruption play an important role when voters decide which party to vote for (see Xezonakis et al., Chapter 16 in this volume). This does not mean that electoral accountability can be neglected in studies on corruption and good governance—it only means that we need to find new ways to analyze how this mechanism works in different settings.
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