Political Institutions and Policy Choices: Evidence from the United States

114 Pages Posted: 25 Sep 2002

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Timothy J. Besley

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Anne Case

Princeton University - Research Program in Development Studies; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: August 2002

Abstract

A rich array of institutional diversity makes the United States an excellent place to study the relationship between political institutions and public policy outcomes. This Paper has three main aims. First, it reviews existing empirical evidence on the relationship between institutional rules, political representation and policy outcomes. It aims to place the literature into a broader context of theoretical and empirical work in the field of political economy. Second, it develops a parallel empirical analysis that updates studies in the literature and re-examines some of the claims made, in a setting unified both in terms of policy outcomes and the period under study. Third, the paper develops some new directions for research, presenting a small number of novel exploratory results.

Keywords: Empirical political economy, government behaviour

JEL Classification: H10, H30, H70

Suggested Citation

Besley, Timothy J. and Case, Anne, Political Institutions and Policy Choices: Evidence from the United States (August 2002). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=333361

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