Familial Networks as a Source of Electoral Advantage: Evidence from the Philippines

  title={Familial Networks as a Source of Electoral Advantage: Evidence from the Philippines},
  author={Michael W. Davidson and Allen Hicken and Nico Ravanilla},
  journal={Public Choice: Analysis of Collective Decision-Making eJournal},
In this paper we map networks of family relationships among voters and political candidates covering one whole city in the Philippines to examine how familial networks serve as a source of electoral advantage. We rely on local naming conventions to asses blood and marriage links. Using these familial networks, we first simulate a hypothetical election were family relations is the only basis for choosing a particular candidate. We compare the predictions of this hypothetical election to actual… 
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