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Explaining the Emergence and Success of Parties Politicizing Corruption in Electoral Politics in Europe

Conference contribution
Authors Andreas Bågenholm
Nicholas Charron
Published in presented at the MPSA 71st Annual Conference in Chicago April 11-14, 2013
Publication year 2013
Published at Department of Political Science
Language en
Keywords New political parties, corruption, election campaigns
Subject categories Political Science

Abstract

In this paper, we highlight two unexplored trends in European electoral politics. One, using newly collected data by the authors, we track the politicization of corruption in electoral campaigns from 1981 to 2011, an electoral strategy which has been increasing over time. Two, we then empirically test the electoral success of parties that politicize corruption using several factors from the literature on new party emergence. The results demonstrate that the politicization of corruption by new as well as established parties, occurs as a function of country level corruption, several electoral institutions, such as district magnitude and public party financing, and macro-economic factors such as the unemployment rate.

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