Electoral Rules, Forms of Government and Redistributive Policy: Evidence from Agriculture and Food Policies

40 Pages Posted: 21 May 2012

See all articles by Alessandro Olper

Alessandro Olper

Università degli Studi di Milano; KU Leuven - Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance (LICOS)

Valentina Raimondi

Università degli Studi di Milano

Date Written: November 16, 2011

Abstract

We investigate the effect of electoral rules and forms of government on public policy outcomes using a new dataset on agriculture and food policies from 74 countries over the 1960-2005 period. Using both cross-sectional and panel data analyses we find robust evidence that the specific nature of democratic institutions has important consequences for public policy. Proportional democracies and presidential democracies – compared to majoritarian and parliamentary democracies – give more public support to agriculture and less to food consumers. The magnitude of these constitutional effects are stronger for import-competitive sectors and staple food crops. The effects seem independent from the ideology orientation of governments.

Keywords: Electoral rules, forms of government, agriculture and food policy, political economy

JEL Classification: D72, F13, H23, O13, P16, Q18

Suggested Citation

Olper, Alessandro and Raimondi, Valentina, Electoral Rules, Forms of Government and Redistributive Policy: Evidence from Agriculture and Food Policies (November 16, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2063707 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2063707

Alessandro Olper (Contact Author)

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KU Leuven - Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance (LICOS) ( email )

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Valentina Raimondi

Università degli Studi di Milano ( email )

Via Festa del Perdono, 7
Milan, 20122
Italy

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