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Friday, July 18, 2014

Buckley et al. on Cooperating with the State

Noah Buckley Timothy Frye Scott Gehlbach and Lauren McCarthy (Columbia University - Department of Political Science , Columbia University - Department of Political Science , University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Massachusetts at Amherst) have posted Cooperating with the State: Evidence from Survey Experiments on Policing in Russia and Georgia on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

What factors affect citizens' willingness to cooperate with the state? We explore this question through a study of citizens' willingness to report crimes to the police, a quintessential form of cooperation with the state apparatus, using data from survey experiments conducted in Russia in December 2012 and Georgia in June 2013. We find that citizens' willingness to cooperate with the police is strongly influenced by the nature of the crime in both countries but not generally by instruments that might be manipulated to encourage greater reporting. Moreover, notwithstanding large differences in the nature and success of police reform in Russia and Georgia, we find few systematic cross-country differences in treatment effects. These results suggest skepticism about the ability of governments to easily engineer cooperation with the state. We do, however, find strong effects of one instrument under state control: the guarantee of anonymity to bystanders who report crimes.

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