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Responsiveness, If You Can Afford It: Policy Responsiveness in Good and Bad Economic Times

Ezrow, Lawrence and Hellwig, Timothy and Fenzl, Michele (2019) 'Responsiveness, If You Can Afford It: Policy Responsiveness in Good and Bad Economic Times.' The Journal of Politics. ISSN 0022-3816

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Traditional theories of representation posit that political parties have incentives to respond to public opinion which, in turn, is reflected in public policy as parties come together to form governments. Absent from this chain of representation, however, is the notion of costs. We advance the study of policy responsiveness by arguing that the government’s cost of responding to the electorate is marginal under conditions of strong economic growth but considerable during hard economic times. Cross-national analyses of voters and government welfare policies produces results that are consistent with this expectation. The findings imply that democratic performance, expressed as responsiveness, is conditional on economic growth.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2019 11:03
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2020 02:00

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