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Public budgeting and electoral dynamics after the golden age: essays on political budget cycles, electoral behaviour and welfare retrenchment in hard times.

Bojar, Abel (2013) Public budgeting and electoral dynamics after the golden age: essays on political budget cycles, electoral behaviour and welfare retrenchment in hard times. PhD thesis, The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

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Abstract

Political fragmentation has been widely recognized by political economists as an important cause for fiscal profligacy in democratic market economies because of the common pool nature of fiscal resources. These redictions, however, sit uneasily with the notion of governmental veto players’ ability to block each other’s spending plans for electoral purposes. Applying the logic of a bargaining-game between veto players in a political budget cycle framework, I first model that multiple players in the budget game are in fact likely to moderate pre-electoral budget outcomes. Empirical results from a cross-section time-series analysis in EU member states provide corroborative evidence that fiscal electioneering is indeed more prevalent among cohesive, single party settings. The findings are robust to alternative identification of elections, fiscal changes and sample selection.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Additional Information: © 2013 Abel Bojar
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
Sets: Departments > European Institute
Supervisor: Schelkle, Waltraud
URI: http://etheses.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/981

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