Why sub-Saharan voters support corrupt politicians
Why do voters support corrupt politicians? In the current issue of Governance, Eric Chang and Nicholas Kerr examine voter attitudes and behavior in eighteen sub-Saharan African countries. They distinguish between outsiders and two kinds of insiders: those who belong to patronage networks, and those who share partisan or ethnic affilations with incumbents. “Patronage insiders” recognize higher levels of corruption but tolerate it, while “identity insiders” are simply less aware of political corruption. Read the article.