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Non-Policy Politics: Richer Voters, Poorer Voters, and the Diversification of Electoral Strategies

Non-Policy Politics: Richer Voters, Poorer Voters, and the Diversification of Electoral Strategies


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Calvo and Murillo consider the non-policy benefits that voters consider when deciding their vote. While parties advertise policies, they also deliver non-policy benefits in the form of competent economic management, constituency service, and patronage jobs. Different from much of the existing research, which focuses on the implementation of policy or on the delivery of clientelistic benefits, this book provides a unified view of how politicians deliver broad portfolios of policy and non-policy benefits to their constituency. The authors' theory shows how these non-policy resources also shape parties' ideological positions and which type of electoral offers they target to poorer or richer voters. With exhaustive empirical work, both qualitative and quantitative, the research documents how linkages between parties and voters shape the delivery of non-policy benefits in Argentina and Chile.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781108739405
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 02/14/2019
Pages: 310
Sales rank: 1,122,712
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.71(d)

About the Author

Ernesto Calvo is Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Government and Politics of University of Maryland-College Park. He is the author of Legislator Success in Fragmented Congresses in Argentina (Cambridge, 2014), Anatomía Política de Twitter en Argentina, and La Nueva Política de Partidos En La Argentina (2005). His research has been recognized with the Lawrence Longley Award and the Leubbert Best Article Award from the Representation and the Comparative Politics sections of the American Political Science Association.

Maria Victoria Murillo is Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at Columbia University, New York. She is the author of Labor Unions, Partisan Coalitions, and Market Reforms in Latin America (Cambridge, 2001) and Political Competition, Partisanship, and Policy Making in Latin American Public Utilities (Cambridge, 2009). Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Russell Sage Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, and the Harvard Academy for Area Studies.

Table of Contents

Prologue; 1. Non-policy politics; 2. A demand-side model of non-policy politics; 3. Tracing political preferences and party organization in Argentina and Chile; 4. Mapping voter preference in Argentina and Chile: 5. Party organization: how activists reach voters; 6. Voters' preferences and Pparties' electoral offers; 7. Party activists and their conditional effect on the vote; 8. Targeting patronage in Argentina and Chile; 9. Back to policy offers; 10. Non-policy politics and electoral responsiveness; 11. Appendices.

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