Why Do Voters Support Corrupt Politicians? Experimental Evidence from South Africa

  title={Why Do Voters Support Corrupt Politicians? Experimental Evidence from South Africa},
  author={Louise Thorn B{\o}ttkj{\ae}r and Mogens K. Justesen},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  pages={788 - 793}
Democratic elections are supposed to prevent corrupt politicians from winning office. In practice, however, corrupt politicians frequently get elected for public office in mass elections. In this article, we examine how voters respond to corruption allegations against political candidates and how voter responses may be attenuated by patronage and partisanship. We test these explanations through a survey experiment in South Africa—a country where political corruption is a recurrent issue. We… 

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