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Green polities: urban environmental performance and government popularity

Laura Bianchini () and Federico Revelli ()
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Laura Bianchini: University of Torino

No 2011/18, Working Papers from Institut d'Economia de Barcelona (IEB)

Abstract: Ascertaining whether local election results are driven by incumbents’ performance while in office or mechanically reflect constituencies’ ideological affiliation and macroeconomic conditions is crucial for evaluating the alleged accountability-enhancing property of decentralization. Based on a unique score of urban environmental performance and the results of all elections held in the major Italian cities over a decade, we investigate the role of local (fiscal and environmental) versus national issues in municipal elections. While the empirical evidence points to a strong ideological attachment and a somewhat weaker fiscal conservatism, it reveals that media reported environmental ranking has a considerable impact on the popularity of city governments.

Keywords: Local elections; vote function; environmental performance; property tax (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D72 H71 Q58 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 36 pages
Date: 2011
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