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Abandon Ship? Party Brands and Politicians' Responses to a Political Scandal

Gianmarco Daniele, Sergio Galletta () and Benny Geys

IdEP Economic Papers from USI Università della Svizzera italiana

Abstract: In this article, we study politicians' - rather than voters' - responses to the main political scandal in Italian recent history (Tangentopoli), and overcome endogeneity concerns by analysing the local implications of this national corruption scandal. We find that local politicians withdraw support for incumbents in parties hit by Tangentopoli - inducing increased political instability in such municipalities. Moreover, politicians in parties hit by the scandal exhibit higher rates of party switching and lower re-running rates. Scandals thus appear to decrease the value of the party "brand", and become transmitted across politicians and levels of government via partisan cues.

Keywords: Accountability; Corruption; Party Cues; Brands; Multi-level governance (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D72 H30 H77 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 48 pages
Date: 2017-07-27
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cdm and nep-pol
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Journal Article: Abandon ship? Party brands and politicians' responses to a political scandal (2020) Downloads
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