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Are Nigerian lawmakers incentivised to direct public resources to their voters?

It is often said that the links between political parties in Africa and their voters are clientelist, rather than programmatic. The familiar image is that of African ‘big men’, displaying personal wealth while being respected and celebrated in the community for sharing their riches. Yet, political scientist Leila Demarest (Leiden University) found that in Nigeria elected parliamentarians hardly secure development for their districts. Instead, they mainly 'invest' in their relationships with higher ranking party officials.

Leila Demarest
30 August 2021
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