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Winning a District Office in a Clientelistic Society: Evidence from Decentralized Indonesia (Working Title)

The study investigates the implication of decentralization policies and civil service reforms for the behavior of village heads in Indonesia. In particular, it argues that the incentives faced by village heads to support the incumbent district head during the direct local elections differ depending on whether the village heads are appointed or elected.

Project status in progress
Project time since 01.01.2018
Keywords JEL: D72, H77, H83, O17, O18

Determinants of Anti-Migrant Voting

Project status in progress
Project time since 01.11.2017
Keywords Voting behavior, immigration, right-wing populism, right-wing extremism, contact theory

International Conference on "The Political Economy of Democracy and Dictatorship"

The conference addresses the origin and prospects of democracy and dictatorship, policy control and governance structures in comparative political systems and transition processes from dictatorship to democracy and vice versa. Bringing together scholars interested in interdisciplinary work on comparative political systems is our focus. Past conferences have been funded by the German Research Foundation, the School of Business and Economics and the International Office at WWU.

Project status in progress
Project time since 01.06.2016
Keywords Political Economy, democracy, dictatorship, transitions, institutions, political conflict

Fiscal decentralization, political participation and democratic consolidation

This study explores the relationship between fiscal decentralization, political participation and democratic consolidation. We develop a theoretical model based on the standard theory of rational voting. We further conduct empirical analysis using Indonesian district data. The case of Indonesia is of particular interest because the decentralization initiatives, which were adopted in 1999 and considered as the the most radical decentralization ever implemented in the world, were motivated mainly by the need to encourage citizen participation and strengthen the newly born democracy. Thus, it helps us to understand whether or not decentralizing fiscal power to lower level of governments encourages political participation and gradually consolidates a young and ethnically diverse democracy.

Project status in progress
Project time since 01.10.2015
Keywords H71; H72; H77;D72

Institutions and Prosperity

Project status in progress
Project time since 01.04.2014
Keywords Institutions, Economic Growth, Democracy, Country Clusters

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Fiscal Disparity, Institutions and Asymmetric Yardstick Competition

The study formally shows that the yardstick bias caused by fiscal disparities might be mitigated when considering a disparity in the costs of rent appropriation. In particular, the incumbent of the fiscally rich jurisdiction can no longer fully exploit his fiscal advantages.

Project status definitely finished
Project time 01.01.2017- 27.04.2019
Keywords JEL: D72, H77