Elections and Public Spending in Latin America

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Resumo/Abstract: 
In countries characterized by high inequality and widespread poverty, acute distributive conflicts threaten the stability of the new democratic regime. This project seeks to examine whether new democracies are more likely to boost budget allocations on social programs and welfare transfers as posited by political budget cycle literature. In a panel of fifteen Latin American democracies from 1973 to 2008, we will test whether governments in new democracies were more prone to use social spending to moderate distributive conflicts during elections.
Ano de Conclusão/Year of Conclusion: 
2012
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