Policy making in divided government. A pivotal actors model with party discipline

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Public Choice, 125, 3-4, pp. 247-269, 2005
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dc.contributor.author Colomer, Josep M.
dc.contributor.other Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Departament d'Economia i Empresa
dc.date.issued 2005-03-01
dc.identifier.citation Public Choice, 125, 3-4, pp. 247-269, 2005
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/523
dc.description.abstract This article presents a formal model of policy decision-making in an institutional framework of separation of powers in which the main actors are pivotal political parties with voting discipline. The basic model previously developed from pivotal politics theory for the analysis of the United States lawmaking is here modified to account for policy outcomes and institutional performances in other presidential regimes, especially in Latin America. Legislators' party indiscipline at voting and multi-partism appear as favorable conditions to reduce the size of the equilibrium set containing collectively inefficient outcomes, while a two-party system with strong party discipline is most prone to produce 'gridlock', that is, stability of socially inefficient policies. The article provides a framework for analysis which can induce significant revisions of empirical data, especially regarding the effects of situations of (newly defined) unified and divided government, different decision rules, the number of parties and their discipline. These implications should be testable and may inspire future analytical and empirical work.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartofseries Economics and Business Working Papers Series; 817
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dc.title Policy making in divided government. A pivotal actors model with party discipline
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/workingPaper
dc.date.modified 2014-06-03T07:14:12Z
dc.subject.keyword Labour, Public, Development and Health Economics
dc.subject.keyword macroeconomic policy-making
dc.subject.keyword divided government
dc.subject.keyword political parties
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