Cross-Country Analysis of the Effect of Political Institutions on Public Good Provision

By Sarani Saha.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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This paper aims to test empirically the predictions of a theory that deals with the effect of different democratic regimes on public good provision. The theory predicts higher provision of public good in proportional electoral systems and parliamentary political regimes in comparison to majoritarian systems and presidential regimes respectively. The tests are performed using cross-country data from the 1990s on health and education quantity indicators of public good. Use of quantity indicators instead of expenditure data, previously used by other researchers, enables a cleaner test of the theory as a higher amount of any quantity measure clearly indicates a higher supply of public good. Overall, the robust results in this paper do not provide enough support for the theory. The electoral system has no effect on any of the public good indicators while except for two indicators under education, the nature of the political regime has no significant effect either.

Keywords: Public Good, Electoral System, Political Regime, Education, Health

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 3, Issue 11, pp.129-144. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 647.387KB).

Sarani Saha

Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences (Economics), Indian Institute of Technology, Uttar Pradesh, Kanpur, India

Sarani Saha is an Assistant Professor in Economics at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at IIT Kanpur. She received her Ph.D. degree from University of California, Santa Barbara in December 2007. Sarani’s research interests include the areas of environmental economics, public economics and political economy. The courses taught by Sarani at IIT Kanpur include microeconomics (both basic and advanced) and environmental economics.

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