Anders Woller Nielsen forsvarer sin ph.d.-afhandling ved Institut for Statskundskab

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Anders Woller Nielsen


"The Political Machine and Electoral Institutions Targeting Voters, Brokers and the State"


Afhandlingen kan købes som e-bog via Academic books.

Tid og sted

Mandag den 4. maj 2020 kl. 15.30.
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  • Professor Anne Rasmussen, Institut for Statskundskab, Københavns Universitet (formand)
  • Assistant Professor Jessica Gottlieb, Bush School of Government & Public Service, Texas A&M University
  • Professor Thad Dunning, Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley


How do fraudulent incumbents control political elections? Whereas the presence of clientelism is well-documented, the interaction between such vote buying practices and another strategy, institutional design, remains an open question. This dissertation studies that very interaction and suggests that incumbent parties, under certain conditions, can mix vote buying with deliberate electoral institutional design to increase its chances of winning elections. The dissertation draws on original data from three different contexts, and the findings have important implications for widely used democratic initiatives.