Thanks to participants at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association in Boston August 2002 and at the Public Choice Society Meeting in Nashville, March 2003 especially Maria Gallego, Kenneth Koford, and Robert Dur. Thanks also to Sammi Berlinski, Ken Shepsle, Jim Snyder, Richard Walker, and three anonymous referees.
The Corrective Effect of Ministerial Resignations on Government Popularity
Article first published online: 3 DEC 2004
American Journal of Political Science
Volume 49, Issue 1, pages 46–56, January 2005
How to Cite
Dewan, T. and Dowding, K. (2005), The Corrective Effect of Ministerial Resignations on Government Popularity. American Journal of Political Science, 49: 46–56. doi: 10.1111/j.0092-5853.2005.00109.x
- Issue published online: 3 DEC 2004
- Article first published online: 3 DEC 2004
Using data from the United Kingdom, we estimate the effects of ministerial resignation on government popularity. We test a counterfactual argument that resignations should have a corrective effect, that is, there is an increase in popularity following a resignation when taking into account the negative effect on popularity of the resignation issue. We get empirical estimates by using the age of ministers involved in resignation issues as an instrument. Our IV estimates provide empirical support for the corrective effect.