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A comparative analysis of political competition and local provision of public goods: Brazil, Colombia and Mexico (1991-2010)

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dc.description.abstract We explore the effect of political competition on the local provision of public goods in three countries: Brazil, Colombia and Mexico from 1991 to 2010 using municipal data. These countries share characteristics that make a comparative analysis useful in understanding the role of governance structures, which include the degree of economic and political decentralization. Based on a multidimensional approach of political competition and bringing to the fore the role of Congress elections, we establish the effect of several measures of political competition based on lower chamber elections over indicators of primary education, sanitation and infant mortality. We find that Mexico displays the highest elasticity in all public goods to most measures of political competition, while Brazil shows some elasticity regarding water coverage and the student-teacher ratio; Colombia appears as the least responsive except for infant mortality. These differences are attributed to governmental hierarchies and the nationalization of the party system. en
dc.title A comparative analysis of political competition and local provision of public goods: Brazil, Colombia and Mexico (1991-2010) en
dc.contributor.author Rojas Rivera, Angela M.
dc.contributor.author Molina Guerra, Carlos A.
dc.date.accessioned 2015-10-12T22:14:08Z
dc.date.available 2015-10-12T22:14:08Z
dc.date.issued 2015-10-12
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/52351
lacea.language.supported en
dc.description Working paper
dc.language.iso en
dc.subject Political Competition
dc.subject Government Effectiveness
dc.subject Local Public Goods
dc.subject Comparative Analysis
dc.subject Brazil
dc.subject Colombia
dc.subject Mexico
dc.type Working Paper


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