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CANCELLED: QoG lunch seminar with Marko Klasnja

Research profile seminar

The QoG Institute regularly organizes seminars related to research on Quality of Government, broadly defined as trustworthy, reliable, impartial, uncorrupted and competent government institutions. 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.

The seminars are in English if nothing else is indicated.


Title of seminar:
"Anti-Corruption Efforts and Electoral Manipulation in Democracies"

Many developing democracies suffer from persistent corruption and rule-of-law violations. Growing efforts have focused on establishing anti-corruption institutions to combat this culture of impunity, but success has been modest. We tackle this puzzle
by focusing on the calculus of the threatened corrupt elites in undermining serious anti-corruption efforts. We examine electoral manipulation, as credible anti-corruption reforms may increase pressure on corrupt elites to fraudulently maintain power in order
to control anti-corruption efforts. At the same time, anti-corruption reforms can deter electoral manipulation if they sufficiently raise the costs of law-breaking. Focusing on the representative case of Romania and utilizing a variety of data sources, diagnostics and research designs, we show how credible anti-corruption efforts systematically induce electoral manipulation by the backlash coalition of corrupt politicians. However,this manipulation is constrained by electoral competition, which may be the key to
longer-term political consolidation of these "imperfect" democracies.

Lecturer: Marko Klasnja, Assistant Professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and Government Department, Georgetown University

Date: 3/11/2020

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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