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Elin Bergman

Doctoral student

Elin Bergman
Doctoral student
+46 31 786 2984

Room number: C426
Postal Address: Box 711, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Sprängkullsgatan 19 , 41123 Göteborg

Department of Political Science (More Information)
Box 711
405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Sprängkullsgatan 19 , 411 23 Göteborg

About Elin Bergman

I am a PhD candidate at the Department of Political Science and the Quality of Government Institute. I have a Master’s degree in international relations from the University of Chicago and a politices magister degree in political science from Uppsala University.

Research interests
My research interests include redistributive politics, multiclass electoral coalitions, clientelism, inequality, and welfare states in developing world democracies, primarily in Latin America.

Current research
My dissertation is on the political motives for transferring income to the poor through conditional cash transfer programs (CCTs) in contexts that have historically excluded the poor from the welfare state. I develop the theory that CCTs simultaneously attract the electoral support of the poor (who demand redistribution) and the rich (who want to keep redistribution at low levels and the ability to vote politicians who spend too much out of office).

I test the theory within a multimethod research design, combining tests on original experimental data on support for CCTs across the income distribution when concern with clientelism is manipulated with observational cross-sectional data on local CCT adoption in Brazilian municipalities as well as time-series cross-section data on national-level CCT adoption across Latin America. I also conduct a longitudinal case study of the adoption of the local CCT Cartão Família Carioca in the city of Rio de Janeiro.

The analyses indicate support for the hypothesis that politicians are more likely to adopt CCTs when faced with an electoral landscape that favors a coalition of rich and poor voters. In addition, I find support for the hypothesis that increasing concern with clientelism makes rich voters more supportive of CCTs.

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