Mafia in the Ballot Box
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AbstractWe study the impact of organized crime on electoral results, analyzing in detail the national parliamentary elections in Sicily for the period 1946-1992. We document the significant support given by the Sicilian mafia to the Christian Democratic Party when the electoral competition by the Communist Party strengthened. We also provide suggestive evidence that, in exchange for its electoral support, the mafia obtained economic advantages in the construction sector.
CitationDe Feo, Giuseppe, and Giacomo Davide De Luca. 2017. "Mafia in the Ballot Box." American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 9 (3): 134-67. DOI: 10.1257/pol.20150551
- D72 Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
- K42 Illegal Behavior and the Enforcement of Law
- L74 Construction