Kellogg Lecture: Gatvol about Kak: Why Politicians in South Africa Fail to Provide Public Services to their Voters


Location: Hesburgh Center C103


The Kellogg Institute welcomes Clark Gibson, professor of political science at the University of California at San Diego and guest professor at the Keough School of Global Affairs.

Millions of South Africans have protested their government’s failure to provide basic services like sanitation, water, and trash removal.  Democratically elected municipal governments deliver vastly different levels of these services across the country.  What accounts for the difference?  Don’t elections matter?  In this talk, Gibson will argue that South African mayors supply services based on an electoral strategy that employs their political assets and the demographic composition of their voters. This strategy allows some mayors to win elections. 

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