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Non-Policy Politics


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Prologue; 1. Non-policy politics; 2. A demand-side model of non-policy politics; 3. Tracing political preferences and party organization in Argentina and Chile; 4. Mapping voter preference in Argentina and Chile: 5. Party organization: how activists reach voters; 6. Voters' preferences and Pparties' electoral offers; 7. Party activists and their conditional effect on the vote; 8. Targeting patronage in Argentina and Chile; 9. Back to policy offers; 10. Non-policy politics and electoral responsiveness; 11. Appendices.

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Explores how non-policy resources, including administrative competence, patronage, and activists' networks, shape both electoral results and which voters get what.

About the Author

Ernesto Calvo is Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Government and Politics of University of Maryland-College Park. He is the author of Legislator Success in Fragmented Congresses in Argentina (Cambridge, 2014), Anatomia Politica de Twitter en Argentina, and La Nueva Politica de Partidos En La Argentina (2005). His research has been recognized with the Lawrence Longley Award and the Leubbert Best Article Award from the Representation and the Comparative Politics sections of the American Political Science Association. Maria Victoria Murillo is Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at Columbia University, New York. She is the author of Labor Unions, Partisan Coalitions, and Market Reforms in Latin America (Cambridge, 2001) and Political Competition, Partisanship, and Policy Making in Latin American Public Utilities (Cambridge, 2009). Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Russell Sage Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, and the Harvard Academy for Area Studies.


'This complex and nuanced theory helps explain moderate party positions in Argentina and ideological differences in Chile. The level of analysis is impressive but requires readers to examine each part in detail. The summaries at the end of each chapter and the conclusion provide clear interpretations for those who are not familiar with the two countries or the types of statistical analyses.' M. L. Godwin, Choice

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