Political‐Economic Cycles

Robert J. Franzese and Karen Long Jusko

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Economy

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548477
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

Political‐Economic Cycles

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This article provides a survey of the theoretical and empirical work on political-economic cycles, such as cycles in economic outcomes induced by electoral and partisan competition. It also reviews the literature on electoral cycles and emphasizes how electoral context may heighten or limit incentives to electioneer. Another survey, which focuses on the theoretical and empirical literature linking economic policy to partisan electoral motivations, is provided as well.

Keywords: theoretical work; empirical work; political-economic cycles; economic outcomes; electoral cycles; economic policy; partisan electoral motivations; electoral competition; partisan competition

Article.  8604 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Political Economy ; Comparative Politics

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