The Impact of Local and National Economic Conditions on Legislative Election Results
Francisco José Veiga
Universidade do Minho and NIPE
Linda G. Veiga
University of Minho - Economic Policies Research Unit (NIPE)
June 20, 2008
Applied Economics, Vol. 42, No. 13, 2010
Using data for 278 Portuguese mainland municipalities, we estimate the impact of national and local economic conditions on legislative electoral outcomes over the period from the eestablishment of democracy in 1974 to the present. Empirical results indicate that the performance of the national economy is important but that the municipal situation also conditions electoral outcomes.
Keywords: Voting functions, opportunism, local governments, elections
JEL Classification: H72, D72, D78Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: December 13, 2010
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