Electoral clientelism and corruption

Academic Year: 
Course Description: 

6-13 April 

This study provides an overview of the literature examining various illicit strategies used
by candidates to subvert democratic electoral practices. The main goal of the course is to
introduce a recent and vibrant literature in political science and economics and to expose
students to the most important areas of ongoing scholarly controversy. At the same time,
the course introduces a range of research methods that allow researchers to document a
range of illicit practices.

Please note that this is a short course with a special schedule, the course will take place between 6 and 13 April, 2017:

Location: VF #213

1st session - 6 April (Thursday) 16:00-17:40 and 18:00-19:30
2nd session - 7 April (Friday) 16:00-17:40 and 18:00-19:30
3rd session – 10 April (Monday) 14:00-15:40 and 16:00-17:40
4th  session – 11 April (Tuesday) 14:00-15:40 and 16:00-17:40
5th session – 12 April (Wednesday) 12:00-13:40 and 16:00-17:40 (there is a POLS departmental seminar in between by Isabela Mares)
6th session – 13 April (Thursday) 14:00-15:40 and 16:00-17:40

Registration starts on 20 March and ends on 9 April.

Learning Outcomes: 



This course covers a large amount of material during a very short period of time. Class
attendance and participation is mandatory. In addition to class participation, the main
requirement that will be graded will be a research proposal that extends or challenges one
of the writings discussed in class or that proposes the study of a dimension of clientelism
not considered by existing approaches.
Your final grade will be determined as follows:
(a) class attendance (20%)
(b) class participation (40%)
(c) proposal for research paper (40%)