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Cabinet structure and fiscal policy outcomes

Wehner, Joachim (2010) Cabinet structure and fiscal policy outcomes. European Journal of Political Research, 49 (5). pp. 631-653. ISSN 0304-4130

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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1475-6765.2009.01914.x


A central explanation of fiscal performance focuses on the structure of the cabinet. However, the partisan context of cabinet decisions remains under-explored, the findings are based on small samples and the variables of interest are often poorly operationalised. Using a new dataset of spending ministers and partisan fragmentation in the cabinets of 58 countries between 1975 and 1998, this study finds a strong positive association between the number of spending ministers and budget deficits and expenditures, as well as weaker evidence that these effects increase with partisan fragmentation.

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Additional Information: © 2010 European Consortium for Political Research
Divisions: Government
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Sets: Departments > Government
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2010 10:22
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2021 01:44

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