Governance: An international journal of policy, administration and institutions

Why voters sometimes prefer criminals as candidates

“In democracies around the world,” Milan Vaishnav writes in the current issue of Governance, “candidates who stand accused or convicted of criminal conduct routinely win elections.”  In his commentary, Vaishnav explains why.  He challenges the conventional wisdom that voters are just uninformed.  Looking at experience in India, Vaishnav suggests that under some circumstances, “politicians can use their criminality to signal their credibility when it comes to protecting the interest of voters in their constituencies.”  Free access to the commentary.

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October 24, 2016 at 2:50 pm

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