Lecture: "Religion and Patronage in Divided Societies: Insights from an Experimental Study of Political Behavior in Lebanon"


Location: Hesburgh Center C103

Sponsored by the Kellogg Institute for International Studies.  A lecture by Melani Cammett

What is the relationship between clientelism and “identity politics” in driving political behavior in developing countries, particularly where patronage structures political life and identity-based cleavages are politicized? This talk will address questions including: Does clientelism “buy” support? Do shared ethnic or religious identities between candidates and voters garner political support, or do they serve as cues for potential access to more clientelist benefits? Cammett’s talk is based on a survey experiment in Lebanon, conducted with Dominika Kruszewska of Harvard University and Sami Atallah of the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies, aimed at testing the relative influence of clientelism and religion on citizen political behavior.

Originally published at conductorshare.nd.edu.