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Populists in Power

Luisa Doerr, Niklas Potrafke () and Felix Roesel ()
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Luisa Dörr ()

No 9336, CESifo Working Paper Series from CESifo

Abstract: We examine how populist governments influence political culture and economic outcomes. Some Austrian communities are governed by far-right populist mayors, directly elected by a majority of voters. We exploit close elections and find that the electorate becomes more polarized under populist mayors. However, polarization is not limited to politics. A major innovation of our study is using data on team members of local football teams. Our results show that diversity in local football teams decreases when populists are in power, indicating that populists infiltrate the civic society. When it comes to economic outcomes, migration and budget transparency decrease under populist governments.

Keywords: populism; far-right politics; partisan politics; polarization; immigration; economic policy; local government; budget transparency (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D72 H72 P16 Z18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cdm, nep-eur, nep-mig, nep-pol, nep-soc and nep-spo
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