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Almeida, Acir
Lopez, Felix
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Texto para Discussão, Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada (IPEA) 1779
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This paper describes and analyses political representation at the local level, with emphasis on the representative's choice between adopting clientelistic or universalistic practices. Based on a non-representative sample of 112 local representatives from twelve municipalities of Minas Gerais, we identify three distinct types of representative: the legislator, who dedicates himself to the formal functions of the mandate; the fundraiser, who gives priority to meeting voters' collective requests; and the assistencialist, who gives priority to meeting particularistic requests. The results from a Multinomial Logit regression model of the type of representative suggest that the probability of a representative engaging in assistencialism is conditioned by demographic, socioeconomic, political and cultural factors, thus corroborating several hypothesis from the literature on political clientelism.
political representation
local politics
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Working Paper

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