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Electoral rules, forms of government and redistributive policy: Evidence from agriculture and food policies

  • Olper, Alessandro
  • Raimondi, Valentina

We investigate the effect of electoral rules and forms of government on public policy outcomes using a new dataset on agriculture and food policies from 74 countries over the 1960–2005 period. Using both cross-sectional and panel data analyses we find robust evidence that the specific nature of democratic institutions has important consequences for public policy. Proportional democracies and presidential democracies – compared to majoritarian and parliamentary democracies – give more public support to agriculture and less to food consumers. The magnitude of these constitutional effects are stronger for import-competitive sectors and staple food crops. The effects seem independent from the ideology orientation of governments.

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Volume (Year): 41 (2013)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 141-158

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