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Political Polarization and the Size of Government

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  • Lindqvist, Erik

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    (Research Institute of Industrial Economics)

  • Östling, Robert

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    (Institute for International Economic Studies, Stockholm University)

Abstract

We 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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Paper provided by Stockholm School of Economics in its series Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance with number 628.

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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.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:hastef:0628

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Keywords: Political polarization; social cohesion; size of government; redistribution;

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  2. Piolatto, A. & Schuett, F., 2013. "Media Competition and Electoral Politics," Discussion Paper 2013-072, Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research.
  3. Binswanger, J. & Oechslin, M., 2014. "Disagreement and Learning About Reforms," Discussion Paper 2014-020, Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research.
  4. Stefan Krasa & Mattias Polborn, 2011. "Social Ideology and Taxes in a Differentiated Candidates Framework," CESifo Working Paper Series 3503, CESifo Group Munich.
  5. Leonardo A. Gatica Arreola, 2012. "¿Por qué el distanciamiento ideológico disminuye la provisión de bienes públicos?; una explicación basada en el empleo clientelar," Estudios de Economia, University of Chile, Department of Economics, vol. 39(1 Year 20), pages 27-51, June.

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