National Profiles of Democratic Accountability: Tradeoffs and Complementarities between Democratic Accountability Linkages

60 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2009 Last revised: 1 Sep 2009

Kent E. Freeze

Duke University

Kiril Kolev

Hendrix College

Yi-ting Wang

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

Political parties combine and use different linkage strategies in order to achieve electoral success. In this paper, we examine the endogenous and exogenous factors that influence which democratic linkage strategies parties will choose to emphasize. In so doing, we challenge an often implicit assumption that parties will use one mode of democratic accountability at the expense of other modes, and show that parties will often use a variety of different linkage mechanisms. With a new dataset on
democratic accountability developed by a research team based at Duke University, we use cluster analysis to show some of the combinations of accountability mechanisms typically used by parties, and highlight the systemic and party-level factors which result in the linkage patterns observed.

Suggested Citation

Freeze, Kent E. and Kolev, Kiril and Wang, Yi-ting, National Profiles of Democratic Accountability: Tradeoffs and Complementarities between Democratic Accountability Linkages (2009). APSA 2009 Toronto Meeting Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1448998

Kent E. Freeze (Contact Author)

Duke University ( email )

100 Fuqua Drive
Durham, NC 27708-0204
United States

Kiril Kolev

Hendrix College ( email )

Conway, AR 72032
United States

Yi-ting Wang

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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