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Publications [#250471] of David Soskice

Journal Articles

  1. Iversen, T; Soskice, D, Electoral institutions and the politics of coalitions: Why some democracies redistribute more than others, American Political Science Review, vol. 100 no. 2 (March, 2006), pp. 165-181, Cambridge University Press (CUP), ISSN 0003-0554 [Gateway.cgi], [doi]
    (last updated on 2020/01/17)

    Abstract:
    Standard political economy models of redistribution, notably that of Meltzer and Richard (1981), fail to account for the remarkable variance in government redistribution across democracies. We develop a general model of redistribution that explains why some democratic governments are more prone to redistribute than others. We show that the electoral system plays a key role because it shapes the nature of political parties and the composition of governing coalitions, hence redistribution. Our argument implies (1) that center-left governments dominate under PR systems, whereas center-right governments dominate under majoritarian systems; and (2) that PR systems redistribute more than majoritarian systems. We test our argument on panel data for redistribution, government partisanship, and electoral system in advanced democracies.