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)
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
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Journal Article: Green Polities: Urban Environmental Performance and Government Popularity (2013)
Working Paper: Green Polities: Urban Environmental Performance and Government Popularity (2011)
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