Vote buying and vote selling are prominent features of electoral politics in Lebanon. This article investigates how vote trafficking works in Lebanese elections and examines how electoral rules and practices contribute to wide and lively vote markets. Using original survey data from the 2009 parliamentary elections, it studies vote selling with a list experiment, a question technique designed to elicit truthful answers to sensitive questions. The data show that over half of the Lebanese sold their votes in 2009. Moreover, once we come to grips with the sensitivity of the topic, the data show that members of all sectarian communities and political alliances sold their votes at similar rates.
Focus areas: Syrian refugee reactions to international intervention in the Syrian civil war, clientelism and ethnic and tribal politics, anti-Americanism in the Arab world
Daniel Corstange's teaching focus is political development, ethnic politics, and research methods. He previously taught at the University of Maryland, and was a visiting fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame.
Corstange holds a PhD in political science from the University of Michigan and a BA in political science and history from Northwestern University.