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Simeon Nichter

Simeon Nichter is an assistant professor of political science at UC San Diego. He received his PhD in political science from UC Berkeley, and also holds an MPA in international development from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. His research explores the political voice of poor and marginalized populations in emerging democracies, with central reference to Latin America. He examines how politicians offer material benefits to the poor in exchange for political support, and investigates how individuals' vote choices affect subsequent access to services. He has published articles in the American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, Review of Economics and Statistics, and World Development.
  • Clientelism
  • Development
  • Emerging democracies
  • Voting incentives


Nichter, Simeon. 2018. Votes for Survival: Relational Clientelism in Latin America. London: Cambridge University Press.


Gans-Morse, Jordan, Sebastian Mazzuca, and Simeon Nichter. 2014. "Varieties of Clientelism: Machine Politics During Elections." American Journal of Political Science 58 (April): 415–32. DOI: 10.1111/ajps.12058.

Hidalgo, F. Daniel, and Simeon Nichter. 2016. "Voter Buying: Shaping the Electorate with Clientelism." American Journal of Political Science 60 (March): 43655DOI: 10.1111/ajps.12214.

Nichter, Simeon. 2014. Conceptualizing Vote Buying." Electoral Studies 35 (September): 315–27.

Nichter, Simeon, and Michael Peress. 2017. "Request Fulfilling: When Citizens Demand Clientelist Benefits." Comparative Political Studies 50 (July): 1086–1117.