We investigate the effect of electoral rules and forms of government on public policy outcomes using a new dataset on agriculture and food policies from 74 countries over the 1960-2005 period. Using both cross-sectional and panel data analyses we find robust evidence that the specific nature of democratic institutions has important consequences for public policy. Proportional democracies and presidential democracies – compared to majoritarian and parliamentary democracies – give more public support to agriculture and less to food consumers. The magnitude of these constitutional effects are stronger for import-competitive sectors and staple food crops. The effects seem independent from the ideology orientation of governments.

Electoral rules, forms of government and redistributive policy : Evidence from agriculture and food policies / A. Olper, V. Raimondi. - In: JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE ECONOMICS. - ISSN 0147-5967. - 41:1(2013 Feb), pp. 141-158.

Electoral rules, forms of government and redistributive policy : Evidence from agriculture and food policies

A. Olper
Primo
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V. Raimondi
Ultimo
2013

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We investigate the effect of electoral rules and forms of government on public policy outcomes using a new dataset on agriculture and food policies from 74 countries over the 1960-2005 period. Using both cross-sectional and panel data analyses we find robust evidence that the specific nature of democratic institutions has important consequences for public policy. Proportional democracies and presidential democracies – compared to majoritarian and parliamentary democracies – give more public support to agriculture and less to food consumers. The magnitude of these constitutional effects are stronger for import-competitive sectors and staple food crops. The effects seem independent from the ideology orientation of governments.
Agriculture and food policy; Electoral rules; Forms of government; Political economy
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