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QoG lunch seminar with Anna Petherick

Research profile seminar

The QoG Institute regularly organizes seminars related to research on Quality of Government. The seminars address the theoretical and empirical problem of how political institutions of high quality can be created and maintained as well as the effects of Quality of Government on a number of policy areas, such as health, the environment, social policy, and poverty.

Speakers are invited from the international research community and experts from NGOs and other organizations to the lunch seminars. The seminars last for one hour and include a short presentation by the speaker (30-35 min) followed by a joint discussion about the topic.

If nothing else is indicated, the seminars are held in English.

Who gains from corruption? The impact of revelations of misdeeds on women's participation and success in executive elections.

It has become something of a cliché in the corruption literature to recount Przeworski et al's phrase: On learning that elected representatives have behaved corruptly, rational voters should ¿throw the rascals out". This logic also implies that voters should aim to replace a rascal with someone who appears to be more honest-dealing.
In this context one would expect female candidates to receive an electoral boost, since the gender literature consistently observes that voters stereotype women as more honest than men. This paper provides an empirical test of that theory. It analyses the supply and success of female mayoral candidates where corruption has occurred under a male incumbent in Brazil's 5,570 municipalities, and over three electoral cycles. It finds that local media outlets play a pivotal role in these outcomes, as does the seriousness and extent of the incumbents' misdeeds-and the timing of the availability of knowledge about corrupt acts. Specifically, where a municipal radio station is present to inform citizens about serious unscrupulousness that has occurred under the incumbent-or to inform them of violations that are large in extent but less serious in type-the supply of female candidates and of the votes that they win increases. However, the absence of local media outlets is associated with a reversal of this pattern. In such contexts, prospective female candidates are less willing to stand and do less well in elections than otherwise, after auditors have revealed less serious or incompletely proven corrupt acts by a male incumbent.

Lecturer: Anna Petherick (visiting scholar at the QoG institute 18-22 September) PhD candidate at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford https://www.annapetherick.com/ https://www.politics.ox.ac.uk/student-profile/anna-petherick.html

Date: 9/20/2017

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Categories: Social Sciences

Organizer: The Quality of Government Institute

Location: Stora Skansen (B336) Sprängkullsgatan 19

Contact person: Alice Johansson

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