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Political Institutions, Voter Turnout and Policy Outcomes

Eileen Fumagalli () and Gaia Narciso
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Eileen Fumagalli: IEFE - Bocconi University

Economic Papers from Trinity College Dublin, Economics Department

Abstract: The impact of political institutions on policy outcomes has gained much attention in the literature over the last years. The aim of this paper is to test whether the impact of constitutions on economic outcomes is direct. By introducing citizens' political participation, rather than politicians' incentives, as the driving force connecting institutions to policy outcomes, we empirically show that voter turnout is the channel through which forms of government affect economic policies. We provide evidence of the existence of two relationships. First, presidential regimes appear to be related to lower voter participation in national elections. Second, higher voter participation induces an increase in government expenditure, total revenues, welfare state spending, and budget deficit. We conclude that forms of government affect policy outcomes only through voter turnout.

Keywords: Electoral rule; form of government; voter participation; policy outcomes (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D72 E60 H00 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 31 pages
Date: 2011-02
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cdm and nep-pol
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Journal Article: Political institutions, voter turnout, and policy outcomes (2012) Downloads
Working Paper: Political Institutions, Voter Turnout and Policy Outcomes (2008) Downloads
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