With a Little Help from My Friends. Political Competition with Interest Groups

50 Pages Posted: 4 May 2021 Last revised: 28 Oct 2022

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Pasquale Accardo

University of Leicester - Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting

Giuseppe De Feo

University of Leicester - Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting

Giacomo De Luca

Free University of Bozen-Bolzano - Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Faculty of Economics and Management, Students

Date Written: April 23, 2021

Abstract

Higher electoral competition reinforces the position of special interest groups, which can endorse politicians in exchange for the support of specific policies. This paper formalizes this intuition and test it on Italian electoral data, using the 1991 electoral reform as an exogenous source of variation in electoral competition. Focusing on organized crime as a form of special interest group, our differences-in-differences estimates suggest that, after the reform, organized crime-prone areas reported higher vote shares awarded to the party traditionally supported by criminal organizations and a larger dispersion of votes across candidates of the same party.

Keywords: Political competition, Special Interest Politics

JEL Classification: D72, P16

Suggested Citation

Accardo, Pasquale and De Feo, Giuseppe and De Luca, Giacomo, With a Little Help from My Friends. Political Competition with Interest Groups (April 23, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3836462 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3836462

Pasquale Accardo

University of Leicester - Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting ( email )

United Kingdom

Giuseppe De Feo (Contact Author)

University of Leicester - Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting ( email )

United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://https://sites.google.com/view/giuseppedefeo

Giacomo De Luca

Free University of Bozen-Bolzano - Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Faculty of Economics and Management, Students ( email )

Via Sernesi 1
Bozen-Bolzano (BZ), 39100
Italy

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