Do Fairer Elections Increase the Responsiveness of Politicians?

  title={Do Fairer Elections Increase the Responsiveness of Politicians?},
  author={George Ofosu},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  pages={963 - 979}
  • George Ofosu
  • Published 2 August 2019
  • Political Science
  • American Political Science Review
Leveraging novel experimental designs and 2,160 months of Constituency Development Fund (CDF) spending by legislators in Ghana, I examine whether and how fairer elections promote democratic responsiveness. The results show that incumbents elected from constituencies that were randomly assigned to intensive election-day monitoring during Ghana’s 2012 election spent 19 percentage points more of their CDFs during their terms in office compared with those elected from constituencies with fewer… 

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