Vote Buying in Argentina

  title={Vote Buying in Argentina},
  author={Valeria Brusco and Marcelo Nazareno and Susan Stokes},
  journal={Latin American Research Review},
  pages={66 - 88}
We analyze vote buying in Argentina—the payment by political parties of minor benefits (food, clothing, cash) to citizens in exchange for their votes. How widespread is vote buying in Argentina, and what is the profile of the typical vote "seller"? Did the shift toward a neoliberal economic model in the 1990s increase or reduce vote buying? Why do parties attempt to buy votes when the ballot is secret and people could simply accept campaign handouts and then vote as they wish? We analyze… 

Tables from this paper

Vote Buying and Turnout in Kenya's 2002 Elections 1

Vote buying has and continues to be pervasive in many electoral regimes. Yet the relationship between vote buying and voting behavior, particularly in the context of the secret ballot, remains

Vote Buying and Campaign Promises

What explains the wide variation across countries in the use of vote buying and policy promises during election campaigns? We address this question, and account for a number of stylized facts and

Vote Buying and Victory of Election: The Case of Taiwan

This paper examines the effect of vote buying on the vote shares of multiple parties using maximum likelihood estimation of a Dirichlet distribution in a panel of 23 counties of Taiwan over the

Electoral Handouts as Information: Explaining Unmonitored Vote Buying

Abstract:Why is vote buying effective even where ballot secrecy is protected? Most answers emerge from models of machine politics, in which a machine holds recipients of handouts accountable for

Do electoral handouts affect voting behavior?

Vote Buying and Accountability in Democratic Africa

The distribution of cash to voters during elections, vote buying, is extremely widespread in many democracies. That vote buying is so widespread raises concerns about the quality of emerging

Shopping for Votes in Latin America: When Do Legislators Engage in Vote-Buying Practices?

Despite the fact that electoral processes involve two sides—political candidates and voters—most of the studies on political clientelism in Latin American tend to focus on the latter. Using survey

Buying votes with imperfect local knowledge and a secret ballot

How do politicians buy votes in secret ballot elections? I present a model of vote buying in which a broker sustains bribed voters’ compliance by conditioning future bribes on whether her candidate’s

Poverty, Partisanship and Vote Buying

Electoral contests in Latin America are often characterized by attempts by political parties to sway the outcome of elections using vote buying – a practice that seems to persist during elections



The Determinants of Success of Special Interests in Redistributive Politics

We examine what determines whether an interest group will receive favors in pork-barrel politics, using a model of majority voting with two competing parties. Each group's membership is heterogeneous

Who Delivers? Partisan Clients in the Argentine Electoral Market

Why do some parties fail to benefit from patronage in pork-ridden political systems? This article analyzes the interaction between patronage and partisanship to explain why some incumbents are more

Electoral Politics as a Redistributive Game

Spatial models of electoral competition typically simplify the analysis by ignoring the question of internal constituency politics: constituencies are modeled simply as a distribution of ideal points

Clientelism and Voting Behavior: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Benin

The author conducted a field experiment in Benin to investigate the impact of clientelism on voting behavior. In collaboration with four political parties involved in the 2001 presidential elections,

Balanced-budget redistribution as the outcome of political competition

This paper models balanced-budget redistribution between socio-economic groups as the outcome of electoral competition between two political parties. Equilibrium is unique in the present model, and a

The Political Economy of Expenditures by the Peruvian Social Fund (FONCODES), 1991–95

  • Norbert Schady
  • Political Science, Economics
    American Political Science Review
  • 2000
The Peruvian Social Fund (FONCODES) was created by President Alberto Fujimori in 1991 with the stated objectives of generating employment, alleviating poverty, and improving access to social

Linkages between Citizens and Politicians in Democratic Polities

Research on democratic party competition in the formal spatial tradition of Downs and the comparative-historical tradition of Lipset and Rokkan assumes that linkages of accountability and

Federalism and low-maintenance constituencies: Territorial dimensions of economic reform in Argentina

How does the territorial distribution of political and economic resources within national polities influence politics and policy making? This article examines the electoral dynamics of market reform

The Political Economy of Democratic Transitions

Since the 1970s there has been a widespread movement from authoritarian to democratic rule among developing countries, often occuring against a backdrop of severe economic crises and the adoption of

Rethinking Party Systems in the Third Wave of Democratization: The Case of Brazil

Tables abbreviations of the main political parties, 1979-96 Part I. Rethinking Part systems Theory: 1. Introduction 2. Reexamining party systems theory in the third wave of democratisation Part II.