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Political Polarization and the Size of Government

Reprint No. 2010:36

Author(s): Erik Lindqvist and Robert ÖstlingYear: 2010 Title: American Political Science Review Volume (No.): 104 (3) Pages: 543–565
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In this article, we study the relationship between political polarization and public spending using the dispersion of self-reported political preferences as our measure of polarization. Political polarization is strongly associated with smaller government in democratic countries, but there is no relationship between polarization and the size of government in undemocratic countries. The results are robust to a large set of control variables, including gross domestic product per capita and income inequality.


Reference:
Lindqvist, Erik and Robert Östling (2010), "Political Polarization and the Size of Government". American Political Science Review 104(3), 543–565.

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