It's the Bribe, Stupid! Pocketbook vs. Sociotropic Corruption Voting

45 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2011 Last revised: 24 Aug 2011

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Kevin Deegan-Krause

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Marko Klasnja

New York University

Joshua A. Tucker

New York University (NYU)

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

We examine the relationship between corruption and voting behavior. Theoretically, we build on the existing economic voting literature to provide a framework for thinking about how corruption a ects voting behavior: pocketbook corruption voting is de ned as the e ect of personal experiences with corruption on voting behavior; sociotropic corruption voting is de ned as the e ect of perceptions about corruption in one's society on voting behavior. Empirically, we utilize survey data from Slovakia to conclude that corruption voting exists, but, somewhat surprisingly, in repeated tests we also nd evidence that pocketbook corruption voting is much more prevalent than sociotropic corruption voting. In addition, we introduce a novel experimental design for testing the relative importance of pocketbook and sociotropic corruption voting, and presents results from running this experiment in Bulgaria that also suggest pocketbook corruption voting is more prevalent than sociotropic corruption voting.

Keywords: Corruption, Voting, Political Behavior, Pocketbook, Sociotropic, Economic Voting, Slovakia, Bulgaria

Suggested Citation

Deegan-Krause, Kevin and Klasnja, Marko and Tucker, Joshua Aaron, It's the Bribe, Stupid! Pocketbook vs. Sociotropic Corruption Voting (2011). APSA 2011 Annual Meeting Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1899944

Kevin Deegan-Krause

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Marko Klasnja

New York University ( email )

715 Broadway
New York, NY 10003
United States

HOME PAGE: http://https://files.nyu.edu/mk3296/public/index.html

Joshua Aaron Tucker (Contact Author)

New York University (NYU) ( email )

Bobst Library, E-resource Acquisitions
20 Cooper Square 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10003-711
United States

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