Democracy and Elections seminar: corruption and preferences for decentralisation. Dr Sergi Pardos-Prado
|Dates:||8 March 2016|
|Times:||15:30 - 17:00|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Social Sciences|
|Speaker:||Dr Sergi Pardos-Prad|
Dr. Sergi Pardos-Prad, Merton College, University of Oxford.
Existing studies on individual preferences for decentralization focus on collective identity, economic considerations, and party politics as explanations of support for decentralization. This paper aims at contributing to this literature by showing that preferences for fiscal and political decentralization are also driven by concern about the quality of government in the face of corruption. Using a principal-agent framework of analysis, we find that exposure to an exogenous corruption prime decreases trust in potentially corrupt national politicians, and therefore influences preferences on the territorial organization of the state and its tax system. We test our argument using a vignette design in a survey experiment in Spain and study the causal mechanism using mediation analysis. We validate our finding externally by analyzing the relationship between corruption perception and support for decentralization using data from 29 countries in the European Values Study. Our findings have important implications for research on demands for decentralization. He co-authored the paper with Theresa Kuhn, from the University of Amsterdam
Dr. Sergi Pardos-Prado is a permanent Official Fellow in Politics at Merton College, University of Oxford. He holds a PhD in Social and Political Sciences by the European University Institute, and a Masters of Research by the same institution. He was a Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow at Nuffield College in Oxford, before taking his current position. His areas of interests are political behaviour, comparative politics, and more recently, comparative political economy. More specifically, he has worked on the impact of institutions on the performance of competing models of voting behaviour, and on the determinants of radical right voting and xenophobic attitudes. His work has appeared in outlets like the Journal of Politics, the British Journal of Political Science, the European Journal of Political Research, Political Behaviour, and Electoral Studies among others.
Dr Sergi Pardos-Prad
Organisation: Merton College, University of Oxford
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