Many developing countries are struggling to transition from patron politics towards a more inclusive structure. This study evaluates patronage politics in sub-Saharan Africa by measuring whether bureaucratic hiring practices favor co-partisan applicants in Ghana. By analyzing data of nearly 18,000 bureaucrats, researchers assess partisanship as a factor for hiring practices. Results suggest that while politicians hire partisans for lower-ranked positions, they avoid interfering in recruitment to top-ranked positions. Thus, partisan bias occurs for menial jobs, but not professional positions. This contributes to literature on patronage hiring, confirming the mixed effects of electoral competition.
Copyright 2019. All Rights Reserved
Design & Dev by Wonderland Collective