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Divided government, delegation, and civil service reform

Elliott Ash, Massimo Morelli and Matia Vannoni

Political Science Research and Methods, 2022, vol. 10, issue 1, 82-96

Abstract: This paper sheds new light on the drivers of civil service reform in US states. We first demonstrate theoretically that divided government is a key trigger of civil service reform, providing nuanced predictions for specific configurations of divided government. We then show empirical evidence for these predictions using data from the second half of the 20th century: states tended to introduce these reforms under divided government, and in particular when legislative chambers (rather than legislature and governor) were divided.

Date: 2022
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