publication . Article . Other literature type . 2016

Organized crime and electoral outcomes. Evidence from Sicily at the turn of the XXI century

Paolo Vanin; Giovanni Prarolo; Paolo Buonanno;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2016
  • Country: Italy
Abstract
This paper investigates the relationship between Sicilian mafia and politics by focusing on municipality-level results of national political elections. It exploits the fact that in the early 1990s the Italian party system collapsed, new parties emerged and mafia families had to look for new political allies. It presents evidence, based on disaggregated data from the Italian region of Sicily, that between 1994 and 2013 Silvio Berlusconi's party, Forza Italia, obtained higher vote shares at national elections in municipalities plagued by mafia. The result is robust to the use of different measures of mafia presence, both contemporary and historical, to the inclusi...
Subjects
free text keywords: Elections, Mafia-type organizations, Economics and Econometrics, Political Science and International Relations, Elections; Mafia-type organizations;, SECS-P/01 - Economia Politica, SECS-P/02 - Politica Economica, Organised crime, Sicilian, language.human_language, language, Causal link, Economy, Political Elections, Sociology, Politics
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