Political Polarization and the Size of Government
AbstractWe study the effect of political polarization on public spending using the dispersion of self-reported political preferences as our measure of polarization. Political polarization is strongly associated with smaller government in democratic countries, but there is no relationship between polarization and the size of government in undemocratic countries. The results are robust to a large set of control variables, including GDP per capita and income inequality.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Stockholm School of Economics in its series Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance with number 628.
Length: 47 pages
Date of creation: 19 May 2006
Date of revision: 02 Jul 2007
Publication status: Published in American Political Science Review, 2010, pages 543-565.
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Political polarization; social cohesion; size of government; redistribution;
Other versions of this item:
- H10 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government - - - General
- H20 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - General
- H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods
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- NEP-ALL-2006-05-27 (All new papers)
- NEP-PBE-2006-05-27 (Public Economics)
- NEP-POL-2006-05-27 (Positive Political Economics)
- NEP-SOC-2006-05-27 (Social Norms & Social Capital)
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