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Political Science and Political Economy Research Seminar

Candidate Selection and Policy Implementation in a Single-Party State

Jeremy Bowles (Stanford University)

Tuesday 27 February 2024 14:00 - 15:30

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About this event

How do candidate selection processes shape policy outcomes? Studying Tanzania’s initial single-party legislative elections, I assess how electing candidates preferred by party elites affected policy implementation, which emphasized rural development during this period. Leveraging the deterministic assignment of ballot symbols—which was orthogonal to candidate characteristics but had large electoral effects—finds their election substantially increased the supply of policy-prioritized local public goods. Elites positively selected candidates using hard-to-observe characteristics and understood quicker than voters the value of candidates’ central state connections. The results rationalize elites’ enduring influence over selection processes and underscore the distributive consequences of candidate selection even absent inter-party competition.

The Political Science and Political Economy (PSPE) research group at the LSE brings together faculty and PhD students who do quantitative and/or formal research on political institutions, political behaviour, public policy, and political economy.

The PSPE Research Seminar provides a venue for researchers (mostly from outside of the LSE) to present their work.

These seminars are held on Tuesdays in term time at 14.00-15.30, both ONLINE AND IN PERSON in room SAL 3.05, unless specified otherwise.

Seminar coordinator: Mathilde Emeriau

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