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On the Cultural Legacy of Political Institutions: Evidence from the Spanish Regions

David Soto-Oñate ()

Hacienda Pública Española / Review of Public Economics, 2017, vol. 221, issue 2, 47-82

Abstract: In the last decades, numerous studies have argued that political institutions are able to leave a persistent cultural legacy. Spain today presents a geographically concentrated distribution of societal traits that are related to social and political participation. This paper examines the possible historical origin of these regional patterns and concludes a) that those regions that historically experienced more inclusive political systems exhibit currently higher levels of this culture of participation and b) that inclusive institutions are able to leave a more intense cultural legacy when they are more proximate to the bulk of the population. This thesis is robust to controlling for other possible determinants

Keywords: Political culture; social capital; institutional economics; political economy; institutional performance. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Z13 D70 N93 P16 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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