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The Impact of Demographics on Policy Outcomes Under Varying Institutional Frameworks

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This paper examines the impact that demographics have on policy outcomes. The impact that aldermanic ward-level demographics have on the number of liquor licenses is measured in two US cities. In one city there is a great deal of direct resident involvement in the issuance process, while in the other city, issuance decisions are handled by elected representatives. This research does find that demographics have a significant impact on policy outcomes. However, the paper does not find a significant difference in outcomes between decisions made by elected representatives and those made by the community. Copyright 2002 Blackwell Publishers Ltd..

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  • Gary A. Hoover, 2002. "The Impact of Demographics on Policy Outcomes Under Varying Institutional Frameworks," Economics and Politics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 14(2), pages 191-208, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:ecopol:v:14:y:2002:i:2:p:191-208
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