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The Effect of the Proportionality Degree of Electoral Systems on Corruption

Maria Rosaria Alfano (), Anna Laura Baraldi () and Erasmo Papagni ()

EERI Research Paper Series from Economics and Econometrics Research Institute (EERI), Brussels

Abstract: This work provides a new way to analyze of the effect of electoral system and corruption: through its degree of proportionality. It seems the correct way to consider them because their proportionality degree varies under the same PR, plurality and mixed system. Results show that those degrees of proportionality which allow both voters’ and opponents’ monitors to exercise their power, induce politicians to avoid corrupt behaviour. This happens when we increase plurality elements into PR. But it is beneficial only up to certain proportionality degrees, after which the corresponding level of corruption begins to grow. For governors the choice of their proportionality degree becomes, therefore, fundamental.

Keywords: Electoral Systems; corruption; proportionality degree; semi-parametric methods. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C23 D72 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015-01-03
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