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Electoral turnover has very little effect on the spending habits of Western democracies

Epp, Derek A., Lovett, John and Baumgartner, Frank R. (2014) Electoral turnover has very little effect on the spending habits of Western democracies. LSE American Politics and Policy (02 Oct 2014). Website.

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Do new electoral brooms sweep clean the economic policies of the parties that went before? In new research that examines how incoming Western governments set their spending priorities, Derek A. Epp, John Lovett, and Frank R. Baumgartner find that budgets tend to be set with little regard to a government’s ideology, be it left or right. They argue that when setting budgets, incoming policymakers are constrained by social, economic and international realities that are largely beyond their control. This means that budgets are set consistently and inconsistently with what went before at roughly the same rate; left-wing parties do not necessarily favor “big government” nor to right parties always seek to reduce government spending.

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Additional Information: © 2014 The Authors; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2014 11:36
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2020 23:13

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