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Comparative Politics

2012

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

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Patronage Politics And Public Goods Provision In Africa, Alex M. Kroeger May 2012

Patronage Politics And Public Goods Provision In Africa, Alex M. Kroeger

Political Science Department -- Theses, Dissertations, and Student Scholarship

Many prevailing views contend that African politics are strongly influenced by vertical networks of dyadic patronage relationships that have a damaging effect on political systems, economies, and civil society. Since independence, the increasing size of many African cabinets would, following the literature, indicate a growth in political patronage networks. While these networks may increase the likelihood of leadership survival, it is expected, ceteris paribus, that growing patronage coalitions would diminish government revenue allocated toward the provision of public goods. This study goes beyond previous research by quantitatively examining the relationship between cabinet size and public goods provision that has been ...