Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/89122
Authors: 
Scartascini, Carlos
Tommasi, Mariano
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
IDB Working Paper Series IDB-WP-108
Abstract: 
This paper develops a framework for analyzing different policymaking styles, their causes and their consequences in Latin America, finding that lower institutionalization and greater use of alternative political technologies (APTs) are more likely the lower the cost of using these technologies, the higher the potential damage they can cause, the lower the wealth of the economy, and the more asymmetric the distribution of de jure political power. Moreover, strategic complementarity exists in the use of alternative political technologies; for instance bribes by the rich and protests by the poor are likely to be countervailing forces, and will both occur in polities with weaker political institutions.
Subjects: 
Political institutions
Public policies
Institutional strength
Protests
Alternative Political Technologies
Development
Judicial independence
Party institutionalization
Congress capabilities
Cabinet stability
Corruption
JEL: 
D72
D74
D78
H89
K42
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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