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Title Participatory Democracy as Electoral Base-Building: The Uses of Binding Participatory Institutions by Political Parties in Latin America
Post date 02/13/2019
C1 Background and Explanation of Rationale Binding participatory institutions (BPIs) are key participatory institutions in Latin America that allow ordinary citizens to participate directly in decisions about the allocation of public resources. Their widespread implementation, however, depends on the support powerful institutional backers with strong incentives to support them. I argue that an important reason political parties are willing to invest resources in BPIs is the promise of reaping electoral benefits from them. In this study I examine both the ways in which parties incorporate BPIs into their electoral strategies, and the effects these BPI participation has on party identification, voter behavior, and volunteering in electoral campaigns. Answering these questions is essential for understanding the electoral strategies parties employ with respect to participatory institutions, and how those strategies fit into the broader landscape of electoral strategies.
C2 What are the hypotheses to be tested? see PAP
C3 How will these hypotheses be tested? * I test my theory of the ways parties incorporate BPIs into their electoral strategies and the effects of these strategies on party identification, voter behavior and electoral work through two original surveys in Venezuela. First, I survey 600 elected leaders of Venezuelan BPIs (voceros) from all 24 Venezuelan states. Second, I conduct a nationally-representative survey of 1200 Venezuela adults, oversampling for individuals who have participated in BPIs
C4 Country Venezuela
C5 Scale (# of Units) 1800
C6 Was a power analysis conducted prior to data collection? Yes
C7 Has this research received Insitutional Review Board (IRB) or ethics committee approval? Yes
C8 IRB Number IRB18-1237
C9 Date of IRB Approval August 13, 2018
C10 Will the intervention be implemented by the researcher or a third party? Researchers
C11 Did any of the research team receive remuneration from the implementing agency for taking part in this research? Yes
C12 If relevant, is there an advance agreement with the implementation group that all results can be published? not provided by authors
C13 JEL Classification(s) not provided by authors