Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/18408
Authors: 
Potrafke, Niklas
Year of Publication: 
2007
Series/Report no.: 
DIW-Diskussionspapiere 676
Abstract: 
This paper examines how policy affects social expenditures. Analyzing an OECD panel from 1980 to 2003, five political variables are tested: Election- and pre-election years, the ideological party composition of the governments, the number of coalition partners and the fact, if the ruling government has a majority in parliament or not (minority government). I find that neither of these variables have an impact on social expenditures using different model set-ups. The influence of national governments seems to be limited by the globalization, which indeed impairs social expenditures.
Subjects: 
social expenditures
electoral cycles
partisan politics
globalisation
JEL: 
H50
D72
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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