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It's not only the economy, stupid! Good governance matters in elections

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Diana Burlacu



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This paper examines the impact of good governance in elections compared to the role ofthe economy. The latter is considered the key factor in electoral survival, while governanceissues are rarely included in politicians' discourse or campaigning strategies. Using theParlGov data and the ICRG indicators for 160 elections, the analysis shows that goodgovernance matters, but mainly for developing countries. Economic growth is an impor-tant electoral topic in most of the elections, but its effect varies systematically acrosscontexts. The impact of each good governance and the economy get weaker as the otherworsens, and these conditional effects are moderated by the level of economicdevelopment

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Author(s): Burlacu D

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Electoral Studies

Year: 2014

Volume: 36

Pages: 173-185

Print publication date: 01/12/2014

Online publication date: 13/10/2014

Acceptance date: 29/09/2014

Date deposited: 21/10/2019

ISSN (print): 0261-3794

ISSN (electronic): 1873-6890

Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


DOI: 10.1016/j.electstud.2014.09.012


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