Social Capital and Political Accountability ∗

  title={Social Capital and Political Accountability ∗},
  author={Tommaso Nannicini and Ugo Troiano},
  • Tommaso Nannicini, Ugo Troiano
  • Published 2010
In this paper, we empirically investigate a channel through which social capital may improve economic wellbeing and the functioning of institutions: political accountability. The main idea is that voters who share norms of generalized morality demand higher standards of behavior on their elected representavtives, are more willing to bear the cost of acquiring information, and are more likely to base their vote on criteria of social welfare rather than (narrow) personal interest. We take this… CONTINUE READING
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