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Can Informed Public Deliberation Overcome Clientelism? Experimental Evidence From Benin


AUTHORS

Fujiwara and Wantchekon (2013)

STUDY OBJECTIVE

The paper focuses on the electoral effects of town hall meetings based on programmatic, nonclientelist platforms. The town hall meetings were sponsored by leading candidates and were fora for discussing specific policy platforms of broad-based public provision followed by voters' deliberation.

TREATMENT

In treated villages, the presidential candidate endorsed and participated in town hall meetings where policy platforms were discussed.

CONTROL

In control villages, the presidential candidate engaged in clientelism, in a business as usual approach.

MAIN RESULTS

1) Compared to the clientelistic approach, treated villages had a reduced prevalence of clientelism without any effect on turnout.

2) The treatment also lowers the vote share of candidates with a political stronghold in the village.

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