Political parties and clientelism in transition countries: evidence from Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine

Gherghina, S. and Volintiru, C. (2020) Political parties and clientelism in transition countries: evidence from Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Acta Politica, (doi: 10.1057/s41269-020-00151-x) (Early Online Publication)

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Abstract

Earlier research focused extensively on political parties as promoters and users of clientelism. However, previous studies have also revealed that parties are not monolithic organizations and they can be seen through the lenses of several faces or components. As such, it is unclear which of the party features is more conducive to clientelism than others. This article analyses several party features in relation to clientelism and tests their explanatory power. Our analysis is driven by a differentiation between several features of the political parties: performance in office, public funding, territorial coverage and notoriety of local political leaders. We rely on data from an original expert survey conducted for 15 parties in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine between February and June 2018.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Early Online Publication
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gherghina, Dr Sergiu
Authors: Gherghina, S., and Volintiru, C.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:Acta Politica
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0001-6810
ISSN (Online):1741-1416
Published Online:28 February 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 Springer Nature Limited
First Published:First published in Acta Politica 2020
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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