KEREM YILDIRIM

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Hi! I am an assistant professor at Kadir Has University’s Department of Political Science and Public Administration.

My research focuses on the effect of various formal and informal institutions and socioeconomic structures on party-voter linkages, political competition, and political behavior.

You can find some of my published work on this web site. My research tries to explain how informal political linkages can influence not only the behavior but also political attitudes, especially for disempowered clients who receive services and benefits from political parties and state institutions. I am currently working on the Democratic Accountability and Linkages Project and I am finalizing my book manuscript titled "Continuous Clientelism: Persuasion and Preference Change in Turkey" which focuses on the relationship between clients, brokers, patrons and continuity in political linkages. In this book project, I employ various original datasets and experiments to show that clientelism (especially its long-term variant) brings recipients closer to their party’s policy positions.

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