An Empirical Anatomy of Electoral Accountability: Experimental Evidence from a Pre-Election Information Dissemination Campaign in Senegal
Information dissemination campaigns are often used to improve electoral accountability in developing democracies. However, their mixed effects suggest complex interactions between information content, voters, and politicians. This talk reviews field research in rural Senegal conducted to understand when information can support electoral accountability, with an experiement that randomized the provision of information about the responsibilities of deputies, their local and national performance, and a comparison with the performance of the previous incumbent(s) before the 2017 parliamentary elections.
John Marshall, an assistant professor of political science at Columbia University, studies the intersection of political economy and comparative politics, particularly the ways in which news consumption, levels of education, and social networks influence how voters hold politicians to account for their performance in office...