The politicization of crime: electoral competition and the supply of maritime piracy in Indonesia

  title={The politicization of crime: electoral competition and the supply of maritime piracy in Indonesia},
  author={Ursula E. Daxecker and Brandon C Prins},
  journal={Public Choice},
Electoral competition in weak institutional settings has been shown to increase criminal violence, in particular homicides. Electoral competitiveness, by virtue of threatening the ability of incumbents to maintain informal corruption agreements with criminal networks, is argued to increase crime because of violent competition among criminal groups over future influence. We link elections to maritime piracy, a form of criminal behavior that has increased substantially since the end of the Cold… 
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