Electoral and Financial Bookkeeping: A Comparison of Pre-Electoral Pledges on Public Spending and the Outcome of Post-Electoral Budget Debates

Erne, Michael; Fivaz, Jan; Schwarz, Daniel (4 September 2014). Electoral and Financial Bookkeeping: A Comparison of Pre-Electoral Pledges on Public Spending and the Outcome of Post-Electoral Budget Debates (Unpublished). In: ECPR General Conference 2014. Glasgow. 03.-06.09. 2014.

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In the wake of the financial crisis, budgetary discipline has taken centre stage in politics. More than ever a country's budget mirrors the true policy preferences of the legislative majority beyond all political discourse and cheap talk. The paper sheds light on mandate fulfilment in the field of public spending and fiscal policy in general. Based on previous work on pledge fulfilment in Switzerland the paper compares publicised pre-electoral statements of MPs on public spending and the development of the public finances with their post-electoral legislative behaviour during budget debates and votes. The findings of the paper confirm the results of the aforementioned earlier studies and point to the potential of budgetary statements for future mandate fulfilment research.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

Division/Institute:

11 Centers of Competence > Center of Comptetence for Public Management (KPM)

UniBE Contributor:

Erne, Michael; Fivaz, Jan and Schwarz, Daniel

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 350 Public administration & military science
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

Language:

English

Submitter:

Daniel Schwarz Badertscher

Date Deposited:

02 Apr 2015 10:19

Last Modified:

02 Apr 2015 10:19

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.66773

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/66773

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