Party system nationalisation and social spending
Version of Record online: 8 NOV 2013
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European Journal of Political Research
Volume 53, Issue 2, pages 288–307, May 2014
How to Cite
Jurado, I. (2014), Party system nationalisation and social spending. European Journal of Political Research, 53: 288–307. doi: 10.1111/1475-6765.12035
- Issue online: 1 APR 2014
- Version of Record online: 8 NOV 2013
- Fundación Caja Madrid
- welfare state;
- party system;
- social policy;
Party systems diverge in their levels of nationalisation. While in some countries parties obtain similar levels of electoral support in all districts, in others parties get very asymmetric electoral shares across districts. The distributive consequences of this have been seldom studied. The argument tested here is that when political parties have nationalised electorates they have stronger incentives to provide social policies that spread benefits all over the territory. This argument is tested in 22 OECD democracies for the period 1980−2006. The results show that, regardless of the electoral system in place, there is a positive relation between party system nationalisation and social spending.