Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn St., Floor 2, Suite 200N
Join us for a discussion with Maria Victoria Murillo, Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. Candelaria Garay, Ford Foundation Associate Professor of Democracy, HKS, will moderate.
Murillo will talk about her recent book Non-Policy Politics: Richer Voters, Poorer Voters, and the Diversification of Electoral Strategies, which focuses on the non-policy benefits that voters consider when deciding their vote. In addition to proposing policies, parties deliver non-policy benefits, such as competent economic management, constituency service, and patronage. This book provides a unified view of how politicians deliver broad portfolios of policy and non-policy benefits to their constituency. Non-policy resources also shape parties' ideological positions. The book shows which type of electoral offers parties target to either poorer or richer voters and their implications in terms of democratic responsiveness. The theory is tested using both qualitative and quantitative research to establish how linkages between parties and voters shape the delivery of non-policy benefits in Argentina and Chile in the 2000s.
Students and fellows at Harvard and surrounding universities are invited to apply for a spring semester study group with Ash Center Fellow Deepti Doshi, Director of Community Partnerships at Facebook, MC/MPA '12; and Mo Safdari, former Program Manager for Election Integrity at Facebook, MBA/MPP.... Read more about Study Group: Reimagining Civic Discourse on Social Media