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dc.contributor.authorChang, Han Ilen_US
dc.contributor.authorLee, Su-Hyunen_US
dc.identifier.citationChang, H. I. & Lee, S. (2021). Mobile phone users as pseudo-brokers in clientelism: evidence from Africa. The Social Science Journal, 1-27.
dc.description.abstractDespite a vast literature on clientelism, the impact of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) on clientelistic exchanges remains understudied. In order to fill that gap, we examine whether politicians disproportionately direct private transfers to mobile phone users, who can easily share persuasive messages with their communication partners and thus provide cascading benefits. Analyzing data from the fifth wave of the Afrobarometer survey, we find that mobile phone users are indeed more likely to be targeted and that their chances of being targeted decrease as their feeling of being monitored rises. In addition, the attractiveness of mobile phone users is salient only in urban areas, and mobile phone users are more likely to persuade others to vote for a certain politician upon receiving private transfers. We conclude by discussing the implications of these findings regarding the existence of pseudo-brokers and the impact of ICT on the quality of democracy.en_US
dc.relation.ispartofThe Social Science Journalen_US
dc.rights© 2021 Western Social Science Association. All rights reserved.en_US
dc.subjectSocial sciences::Political scienceen_US
dc.titleMobile phone users as pseudo-brokers in clientelism: evidence from Africaen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen
dc.contributor.schoolS. Rajaratnam School of International Studiesen_US
dc.subject.keywordsInformation and Communications Technologyen_US
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