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Consolidation of New Democracy, Mass Attitudes and Clientelism

Posted: 17 Aug 2009  

Adi Brender

Bank of Israel - Research Department

Allan Drazen

University of Maryland - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: May 1, 2009

Abstract

In many democratic countries, especially those in which democracy is new, democracy is fragile and not fully consolidated, meaning that crucial political groups lack full commitment to the democratic process. The survival of democracy cannot be taken for granted. There are now a number of models that consider how economic policy should be used to address fragility of democracy. They focus on the importance of different groups and hence come up with different policy recommendations. We present a model that can encompass these differing views allowing us to compare them and link these models to theoretical and empirical work on clientelism.

Keywords: clientelism, new democracy, Democratic consolidation, elites, masses

JEL Classification: D72, H3, P16

Suggested Citation

Brender, Adi and Drazen, Allan, Consolidation of New Democracy, Mass Attitudes and Clientelism (May 1, 2009). American Economic Review, Vol. 99, No. 2, pp. 304-9, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1448917

Adi Brender (Contact Author)

Bank of Israel - Research Department ( email )

PO Box 780
Jerusalem 91007
Israel
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+972 2 655 2657 (Fax)

Allan Drazen

University of Maryland - Department of Economics ( email )

College Park, MD 20742-1815
United States
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301-405-7835 (Fax)

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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London, EC1V 3PZ
United Kingdom

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

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