Elected MPs, Traditional Chiefs, and Local Public Goods: Evidence on the Role of Leaders in Co-Production From Rural Zambia

@article{Baldwin2019ElectedMT,
  title={Elected MPs, Traditional Chiefs, and Local Public Goods: Evidence on the Role of Leaders in Co-Production From Rural Zambia},
  author={Kate Baldwin},
  journal={Comparative Political Studies},
  year={2019},
  volume={52},
  pages={1925 - 1956}
}
  • Kate Baldwin
  • Published 2019
  • Business
  • Comparative Political Studies
What types of leaders are effective in organizing public goods that require community contributions? In many settings, both citizens and state agencies provide financing, labor, and oversight of local projects. This article analyzes the effects of elected Members of Parliament (MPs) and hereditary chiefs in facilitating co-produced public goods in Zambia. MPs have electoral motivations to provide public goods but may not be well-positioned to organize community contributions. Chiefs lack… Expand

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