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Brokers, Voters, and Clientelism: The Puzzle of Distributive Politics (Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics) Paperback – November 14, 2013
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Gary W. Cox, Stanford University
"This book is a landmark contribution to positive as well as normative political economy of redistribution. Its treasure trove of facts, ideas, and analyses changes our understanding of this key issue and will reorient future research."
Avinash Dixit, Princeton University
"More than a decade in the making, this volume was worth the wait. It brings together years of meticulous empirical work in several countries, careful theorizing, and a deft use of historical cases to produce what will surely be the most definitive and influential study of clientelism in the field."
Allen D. Hicken, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
"Brokers deserves every bit of attention it will garner ... Brokers, Voters, and Clientelism is a model of theoretical precision, conceptual clarity, and impeccable logical reasoning, and its measured inferences, which are supported by exhaustive, careful empirical work, are placed within a proud tradition pioneered by V. O. Key, David Mayhew, Edward Banfield and other intellectual giants who young scholars often do not take the time to read."
Frances Hagopian, Perspectives on Politics
Brokers, Voters, and Clientelism studies distributive politics: how parties and governments use material resources to win elections. The authors develop a theory that explains why loyal supporters, rather than swing voters, tend to benefit from pork-barrel politics; why poverty encourages clientelism and vote buying; and why redistribution and voter participation do not justify non-programmatic distribution.