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Representative vs. Direct Democracy and Government Spending in a Median Voter Model

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  • Chicoine, David L
  • Walzer, N
  • Deller, S C

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Combining economics and the political process, demand-oriented median voter models provide a framework for analyzing local government budgetary behavior. Using observations from Illinois townships (operating under representative democracy) and Minnesota townships (operating under direct democracy), the institutional structure of collective decision-making in the provision of essential rural road services is studied. Institutional structure was found to be important in analyzing local government behavior with a median voter model. The difficulty of reducing a complex tax system into a representative tax-price variable proved to be a limiting factor in obtaining more conclusive results.

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  • Chicoine, David L & Walzer, N & Deller, S C, 1989. "Representative vs. Direct Democracy and Government Spending in a Median Voter Model," Public Finance = Finances publiques, , vol. 44(2), pages 225-236.
  • Handle: RePEc:pfi:pubfin:v:44:y:1989:i:2:p:225-36
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    1. Gebhard Kirchgassner, 2002. "The effects of fiscal institutions on public finance: a survey of the empirical evidence," Chapters,in: Political Economy and Public Finance, chapter 9 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    2. Feld, Lars P. & Kirchgassner, Gebhard, 2000. "Direct democracy, political culture, and the outcome of economic policy: a report on the Swiss experience," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 16(2), pages 287-306, June.
    3. Becerra, Ligia Melo, 2004. "Intergovernmental fiscal relations : the Colombian case," Economics PhD Theses 0304, Department of Economics, University of Sussex.
    4. John Bradbury & W. Crain, 2005. "Legislative district configurations and fiscal policy in American States," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 125(3), pages 385-407, December.

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