Electoral Clientelism and Corruption

Course Description: 

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.

Advanced Methods course. 

Students from the Political Science PhD program have direct entry. Other students will be added from the waiting list individually. 


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%)