The Origin of Political Institutions

Alberto Alesina and Edward Glaeser

in Fighting Poverty in the US and Europe

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780199267668
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602153 | DOI:
The Origin of Political Institutions

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This chapter explores the history of American and European political institutions to gain insight on the reasons behind the differences in their welfare policies. It focuses on the history of proportional representation, the rise of socialist parties, and the US Supreme Court. It identifies a general relationship between the age of institutions and social welfare spending.

Keywords: United States; Europe; political institutions; history; welfare policy; proportional representation; socialist parties; social welfare spending

Chapter.  13069 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Economics

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