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Political and Institutional Determinants of Fiscal Policy in the European Community

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  • de Haan, Jakob
  • Sturm, Jan-Egbert

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In recent theoretical and empirical research the variation in political and institutional arrangements which may affect the process of national policy formation is examined, in order to explain cross-country differences with respect to fiscal policies pursued. In this paper we build upon this literature and examine whether and how cross-country differences in debt accumulation and public sector size of Member Countries of the European Community during the 1980s can be explained. We conclude that the growth of government debt is positively related to the frequency of government changes and negatively to sound budgetary procedures. In countries with left-wing governments the growth of the share of government spending in total output generally tends to be higher. Copyright 1994 by Kluwer Academic Publishers

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  • de Haan, Jakob & Sturm, Jan-Egbert, 1994. "Political and Institutional Determinants of Fiscal Policy in the European Community," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 80(1-2), pages 157-172, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:pubcho:v:80:y:1994:i:1-2:p:157-72
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