Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/216415
Authors: 
Commander, Simon
Poupakis, Stavros
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers No. 13103
Abstract: 
Political networks are an important feature of the political and economic landscape of countries. Despite their ubiquity and significance, information on such networks has proven hard to collect due to a pervasive lack of transparency. However, with the advent of big data and artificial intelligence, major financial services institutions are now actively collating publicly available information on politically exposed persons and their networks. In this study, we use one such data set to show how network characteristics vary across political systems. We provide results from more than 150 countries and show how the format of the network tends to reflect the extent of democratisation of each country. We also outline further avenues for research using such data.
Subjects: 
political networks
rent-seeking
democratic consolidation
JEL: 
D72
H11
P26
P36
N44
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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