Green Polities: Urban Environmental Performance and Government Popularity

19 Pages Posted: 7 Feb 2013

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Laura Bianchini

Centro Studi Luca D'Agliano Torino

Federico Revelli

University of Turin

Date Written: March 2013

Abstract

Ascertaining whether local election results are driven by incumbents' performance while in office or mechanically reflect constituencies' ideological affiliation and macroeconomic conditions is crucial for evaluating the alleged accountability‐enhancing property of decentralization. On the basis of a unique score of urban environmental performance and the results of all elections held in the major Italian cities over a decade, we investigate the role of local (fiscal and environmental) vs. national issues in municipal elections. Although the empirical evidence points to a strong ideological attachment and a somewhat weaker “fiscal conservatism,” it reveals that media reported environmental rankings have an impact on the popularity of city governments.

Suggested Citation

Bianchini, Laura and Revelli, Federico, Green Polities: Urban Environmental Performance and Government Popularity (March 2013). Economics & Politics, Vol. 25, Issue 1, pp. 72-90, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2213142 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecpo.12004

Laura Bianchini (Contact Author)

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Federico Revelli

University of Turin ( email )

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Facolta di Scienze Politiche
10124 Torino
Italy

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