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The Impact of Parties and Elections on Municipal Debt Policy in Mexico

Benton, A. L. and Smith, H. J. (2017). The Impact of Parties and Elections on Municipal Debt Policy in Mexico. Governance, 30(4), pp. 621-639. doi: 10.1111/gove.12234

Abstract

Opportunistic electoral fiscal policy cycle theory suggests that all subnational officials will raise fiscal spending during elections. Ideological partisan fiscal policy cycle theory suggests that only left-leaning governments will raise election year fiscal spending, with right-leaning parties choosing the reverse. This study assesses which of these competing logics applies to debt policy choices. Cross-sectional time-series analysis of yearly loan acquisition across Mexican municipalities – on statistically matched municipal subsamples to balance creditworthiness across left- and right-leaning governments – shows that all parties engage in electoral policy cycles but not in the way originally thought. It also shows that different parties favored different types of loans, although not always according to partisan predictions. Both electoral and partisan logics thus shape debt policy decisions – in contrast to fiscal policy where these logics are mutually exclusive – because debt policy involves decisions on multiple dimensions, about the total and type of loans.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Benton, A. L. and Smith, H. J. (2017). The Impact of Parties and Elections on Municipal Debt Policy in Mexico. Governance, 30(4), pp. 621-639, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/gove.12234. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions
Subjects: F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1201 Latin America (General)
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
J Political Science > JL Political institutions (America except United States)
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > International Politics
URI: https://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/23092
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