Vote Buying or Turnout Buying? Machine Politics and the Secret Ballot

@article{Nichter2008VoteBO,
  title={Vote Buying or Turnout Buying? Machine Politics and the Secret Ballot},
  author={Simeon Nichter},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  year={2008},
  volume={102},
  pages={19 - 31}
}
Scholars typically understand vote buying as offering particularistic benefits in exchange for vote choices. This depiction of vote buying presents a puzzle: with the secret ballot, what prevents individuals from accepting rewards and then voting as they wish? An alternative explanation, which I term “turnout buying,” suggests why parties might offer rewards even if they cannot monitor vote choices. By rewarding unmobilized supporters for showing up at the polls, parties can activate their… Expand
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