Marko Klasnja

Marko Klašnja is a PhD Candidate in the Politics Department at New York University. His research examines the factors that promote or hinder electoral punishment of corrupt incumbents, with focus on identifying the conditions under which an important promise of democratic elections – to restrain the misuse of public office for private gain – can be fulfilled. While at CSDP, Marko will extend his work on corruption and incumbency disadvantage by using a series of survey experiments in Romania and India. He will examine voters’ responses to incumbent wealth to: more fully realize the potential of more than 4,000,000 available asset declarations in Romania; chart out the structure of rents across political actors and institutions; and develop a novel theoretical argument that contests the common wisdom that free and competitive media are an unqualified advantage for increased accountability.