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Title:Political institutions, state capabilities and public policy: International evidence PDF Logo
Authors:Scartascini, Carlos
Stein, Ernesto
Tommasi, Mariano
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:Working paper // Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department 661
Abstract:This paper introduces preliminary evidence from a cross-country database of policy characteristics and potential uses of that database. While most databases have emphasized either the content of policies (e.g., size of government deficits) or countries' formal institutions (e.g., political regime, electoral system), the variables in this database reflect the policymaking capabilities of different polities. The paper attempts to explain these policy characteristics as depending on the workings of political institutions, using a logic emphasizing intertemporal political compromise. The paper also contrasts this logic with alternatives such as the veto players approach. The paper concludes by suggesting the use of these policy characteristics or state capabilities as explanatory variables for the effectiveness of public spending in various social areas.
Subjects:Political institutions
Public policies
Government capabilities
Veto players
Intertemporal cooperation
Human Development Index
Public expenditures
Policy index
Judicial independence
Party institutionalization
Congress capabilities
Cabinet stability
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Research Department Working Papers, Inter-American Development Bank

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