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Record number 549551
Title Does government ideology shake or shape the public finances? Empirical evidence of disaster assistance
Author(s) Klomp, Jeroen
Source World Development 118 (2019). - ISSN 0305-750X - p. 118 - 127.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2019.02.013
Department(s) Development Economics
WIMEK
WASS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2019
Keyword(s) Government ideology - Natural disasters - Public spending
Abstract

This study explores whether the public spending provided in response to a natural disaster is influenced by the political ideology of the incumbent government. We use a global panel of about 90 democratic countries. Political parties have different preferences regarding policies that redistribute income within a country after a natural disaster. The estimates of a dynamic panel model clearly indicate that left-wing governments allocate about 2.8 percent more public support per capita in the aftermath of a disaster than right-wing cabinets do. Besides, cabinets that consist of at least one nationalistic political party provide about 0.9 percent more disaster assistance than other coalitions. One explanation is that natural disasters may reinforce the feelings of voters related to the national identity and domestic solidarity. Finally, it turns out that the ideology effect is most visible in political systems with direct elections as it is easier to target affected voters in these systems.

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