Title page for ETD etd-05082006-144610


Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Costa, Carlos Eduardo
Author's Email Address costa.wustl@gmail.com
URN etd-05082006-144610
Title Government Growth in Latin America
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Political Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
William Clark Committee Chair
Cameron Thies Committee Member
Leonard Ray Committee Member
Keywords
  • latin america
  • public spending
Date of Defense 2006-04-04
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
The scope of government spending has gained significant attention in comparative politics. Disaggregate level data has allowed researchers to examine the impact of electoral rules and party fragmentation on the nature of government spending. Findings supported by large-N empirical tests suggest that fragmented polities are more likely to observe a shift in government expenditures: away from expenditures on public goods and in the direction of transfers and subsidies. In this paper, I test the applicability of these findings to Latin America. Using empirical evidence based on 13 Latin American countries over a 17 year period, the findings of this paper suggest that the number of parties does not impact government spending in Latin America, mainly due to an ideological vacuum that is characteristic of most countries in the region.
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