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Who trusts?: Ethnicity, integration, and attitudes toward elected officials in urban Nigeria

Adrienne LeBas

No wp-2017-126, WIDER Working Paper Series from World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER)

Abstract: In the developing world, clientelism is common. In Africa, public office is often used to redistribute resources to ethnically defined constituencies, and this form of clientelistic exchange is a key determinant of vote choice. Does clientelistic exchange shape trust in elected officials as well? And does it continue to do so as cross-ethnic contact and integration increase? This paper uses public opinion data from urban Nigeria to investigate how an individual's social position and experiences with the state affect trust in elected officials, especially at the local level.

Keywords: Trust; Identity; Politics; Ethnicity; Clientelism; Urban politics; Nigeria (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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