Polarization and Policy Design

48 Pages Posted: 3 Aug 2022

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Giovanni Andreottola

Vienna University of Economics and Business

Christopher Li

Vanderbilt University

Date Written: July 7, 2022

Abstract

Voters in the U.S. and elsewhere have become highly polarized. How does this impact policymaking? We provide a theory to examine this question in the context of distributive politics and find that polarization can have a non-monotonic effect on equity. Political turnover and the inter-temporal resolution of policy uncertainty play key roles for this result. The implications of alternative electoral systems are also examined: contrary to conventional wisdom, proportional systems may exacerbate partisan policymaking compared to majoritarian systems.

Keywords: Polarization, Policy Design, Inequality

Suggested Citation

Andreottola, Giovanni and Li, Christopher, Polarization and Policy Design (July 7, 2022). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4156903 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4156903

Giovanni Andreottola

Vienna University of Economics and Business

Christopher Li (Contact Author)

Vanderbilt University ( email )

Nashville, TN 37235
United States

HOME PAGE: http://christopherli.net

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