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Volume 13, Issue 2

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Political Parties, Candidate Selection, and Quality of Government

Fernando M. Aragón
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Published Online: 2013-08-10 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/bejeap-2013-0036

Abstract

This article explores empirically the relation between political parties’ institutions and quality of government. I focus on procedures used to nominate presidential candidates given the importance of candidate selection in party politics. Using a panel dataset of Latin American countries, I find robust evidence of a positive relation between the use of democratic procedures, such as primaries, and quality of government. To shed light on the mechanism, I examine why parties use primaries. I find evidence suggestive that the results are mostly driven by the increase in political competition and candidates’ pre-electoral incentives.

Keywords: institutions; governance; political parties; Latin America

JEL Classification: H11; H80

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Published Online: 2013-08-10


Citation Information: The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, Volume 13, Issue 2, Pages 783–810, ISSN (Online) 1935-1682, ISSN (Print) 2194-6108, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/bejeap-2013-0036.

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