Virtual WiP: Shaping Healthcare Attitudes in the EU

CRRC, ARISC and American Councils are proud to present the 4th talk of the 2020 Spring Series of the Tbilisi Works-in-Progress series, now celebrating its 10th year!

Given the current COVID19 situation and the fact that our speaker is currently in self-isolation, we will once again hold the Works-in-Progress session virtually through Google Hangouts. To join the event, copy this link: https://meet.google.com/uhc-mytr-tdx

“Clientelism and Partisanship Shaping Healthcare Attitudes in EU Countries”

By Alexandru Moise, CRRC Georgia and Ilia State University

Date: March 25, 2020, at 18:30
Virtual venue: https://meet.google.com/uhc-mytr-tdx

This presentation, based on a co-authored paper with Evelyne Hübscher, examines howexamines how characteristics of party organization impact voters’ welfare attitudes. In particular, we look at how the extent to which the relationship between parties and voters is based on programmatic or clientelistic linkages affects voters’ preferences regarding healthcare and unemployment policy. We find that voters’ values, chiefly their left-right self-positioning and their voting preferences, are strongly predictive of their support for public healthcare and generous unemployment benefits. Importantly, we find that this relationship weakens as linkages between voters and parties are more clientelistic, disappearing at higher levels of clientelism. Our findings suggest that in clientelistic systems, the traditional channels for transforming preferences into policy are distorted, and that voter preferences are to a degree divorced from their political orientation. This suggests a feedback mechanism, as voters pick up on cues from the party system when they form policy positions. We use a mixed effects cross-sectional model, of individuals nested in 25 EU countries. Additionally, we are planning a survey experiment to investigate the mechanism of how voters perceive clientelistic parties and how this affects their willingness to vote for them and to trust them with policy reform.

Alexandru Moise holds a PhD in Political Economy from Central European University. His current research interests revolve around the social and institutional determinants of health inequalities, as well as individual behavioral determinants of access to healthcare, in Georgia and elsewhere. He is currently a Visiting Professor at Ilia State University’s School of Arts and Sciences, teaching methodology and other topics in Political Science, and an international research fellow at the Cucasus Research Resource Center.

Although this presentation will be broadcast on Zoom, in observation of the spirit of the Chatham House Rule to which the series generally adheres, the talk will not be recorded and we courteously request that the other participants refrain from recording and/or distributing it as well.

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WiP is an ongoing academic discussion series based in Tbilisi, Georgia, that takes place at the new office of CRRC at Liziko Kavtaradze St. 1. It is co-organized by the Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC), the American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS, and the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC). All of the talks are free and open to the public.