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Government spending cycles: Ideological or opportunistic?

  • Hendrik Dalen
  • Otto Swank

This paper examines whether partisan and opportunistic motives affect government expenditure growth in the Netherlands. The time series analysis, covering the period 1953–1993, allows for different types of government spending. In general, spending is inspired by ideological and opportunistic motives: all government expenditure categories show an upward drift during election times and the ‘partisan’ motives behind government spending are clearly revealed: left-wing cabinets attach greater importance to social security and health care than right-wing cabinets and right-wing cabinets value expenditure on infrastructure and defense more than left-wing parties. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 1996

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Volume (Year): 89 (1996)
Issue (Month): 1 (October)
Pages: 183-200

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