Social Sciences, Vol. 11, Pages 361: Clientelism, Turnout and Incumbents’ Efficiency in Chilean Native Authorities Elections
Social Sciences doi: 10.3390/socsci11080361
Events and their leaders are linked programmatically and non-programmatically with residents, incentivising the latter to vote in elections and searching for to affect their selections. On this paper, we analyse the results of politician&ndash;voter linkages on the electoral efficiency of incumbent mayors in Chile and on electoral turnout of their municipalities. To measure the linkages, we use private conferences that mayors maintain with residents. Whereas some mayors use this mechanism to unravel issues of basic curiosity (programmatic conferences), others achieve this to offer bureaucratic benefits or advantages for his or her constituents (non-programmatic conferences). We use a database of 44,162 private conferences aggregated from Chile&rsquo;s 345 municipalities. We argue that will increase within the variety of conferences positively influence electoral turnout and improve the probabilities of success for incumbent mayors once they compete for re-election. This impact is especially important within the case of electoral efficiency and the re-election of mayors in municipalities with excessive ranges of rurality. Lastly, we report that the conferences not solely assist mayors to hyperlink with their constituents but additionally assist them to publicise their political work.