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I Don’t Like It Unless It’s for Me : Voters’ Perceptions of Pork-Barrel Politics in Central and Eastern Europe

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TÓTH Michal NEMČOK Miroslav SPÁČ Peter

Year of publication 2022
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Problems of Post-Communism
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Faculty of Social Studies

Web article - open access
Keywords Pork barrel politics; experiment; Czech Republic; Slovakia; distribution
Description Public resources are often allocated neither effectively nor equitably, and they serve as a tool for securing re-election. Despite compelling evidence for pork-barrel politics, little is known about voters’ perceptions of this practice. Moreover, limited findings from Western countries are also contradictory - voters perceive such a strategy both positively and negatively. To contribute with findings from Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), we conducted two survey experiments - in Czechia and Slovakia - which randomized people’s exposure to fairness of the distribution and profit for the respondent’s country. Our results suggest that once voters realize their profit from pork-barrel politics, they are less critical of unfair distributions of resources and the responsible decision-maker.
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