Abandon ship? : party brands and politicians’ responses to a political scandal

  • Daniele, Gianmarco Barcelona Economic Institute (IEB), University of Barcelona (UB), Spain
  • Galletta, Sergio Istituto di economia politica (IdEP), Facoltà di scienze economiche, Università della Svizzera italiana, Svizzera
  • Geys, Benny BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo, Norway

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English In this article, we study politicians’ – rather than voters’ – responses to the main political scandal in Italian recent history (Tangentopoli), and overcome endogeneity concerns by analysing the local implications of this national corruption scandal. We find that local politicians withdraw support for incumbents in parties hit by Tangentopoli – inducing increased political instability in such municipalities. Moreover, politicians in parties hit by the scandal exhibit higher rates of party switching and lower re-running rates. Scandals thus appear to decrease the value of the party “brand”, and become transmitted across politicians and levels of government via partisan cues.
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