Riccardo Pelizzo

Nazarbayev University
Graduate School of Public Policy

53 kabanbay batyr
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At the moment I am working on a project on the political consequences of party system instability

Pelizzo, Riccardo, Araral Eduardo, Pak, Anton and Xun, Wu, 2016. Determinants of Bribery: Theory and Evidence from Sub‐Saharan Africa. African Development Review, 28(2), pp.229-240.
Abstract: The paper investigates the determinants of bribery in sub-Saharan Africa by using probit models and data from the World Bank’s Enterprise Survey of 10,457 firms in 30 countries in sub-Saharan Africa from 2009 to 2013. By doing so we find that securing a government contract is the most significant motivation for bribery and that overall, the propensity to bribe depends on the size of the firm as well as the predictability of the regulatory environment. Our findings have similarities and differences compared to Asian firms. The paper also highlights that the incidence and the determinants of bribery vary across the four sub-regions. On the basis of this evidence we suggest that when it comes to anti-corruption strategies, one size does not fit all and that country-specific and region-specific strategies should be adopted to address context-specific needs and conditions.
Zim Nwokora and Riccardo Pelizzo. 2015. “The Political Consequences of Party System Change”, Politics and Policy 43 (4):453-473.
Abstract: This article engages one of the important gaps in the literature on party system effects: the consequences of party system change. We discuss how existing empirical approaches to party system change do not actually capture the changeability of patterns of party competition, which is the most direct understanding of the term “party system.” We propose a measure that does exactly this: the index of fluidity. Applying this measure to countries in South East Asia, we show that party system change is associated with harmful effects, including lower foreign direct investment and deterioration of the rule of law.
URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/polp.12124/abstract

Substantive Focus:
Governance PRIMARY
Comparative Public Policy SECONDARY

Theoretical Focus:
Policy Analysis and Evaluation PRIMARY
Public Opinion SECONDARY