DP3498 Political Institutions and Policy Choices: Evidence from the United States

Author(s): Timothy J. Besley, Anne Case
Publication Date: August 2002
Keyword(s): empirical political economy, government behaviour
JEL(s): H10, H30, H70
Programme Areas: Public Economics
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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.