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dc.contributor.authorAlt, James E.
dc.contributor.authorBueno de Mesquita, Ethan
dc.contributor.authorRose, Shanna
dc.date.accessioned2012-09-25T19:10:00Z
dc.date.issued2011
dc.identifier.citationAlt, James, Ethan Bueno de Mesquita, and Shanna Rose. 2011. Disentangling accountability and competence in elections: Evidence from U.S. term limits. Journal of Politics 73(1): 171-186.en_US
dc.identifier.issn0022-3816en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:9639960
dc.description.abstractWe exploit variation in U.S. gubernatorial term limits across states and time to empirically estimate two separate effects of elections on government performance. Holding tenure in office constant, differences in performance by reelectioneligible and term-limited incumbents identify an accountability effect: reelection-eligible governors have greater incentives to exert costly effort on behalf of voters. Holding term-limit status constant, differences in performance by incumbents in different terms identify a competence effect: later-term incumbents are more likely to be competent both because they have survived reelection and because they have experience in office. We show that economic growth is higher and taxes, spending, and borrowing costs are lower under reelection-eligible incumbents than under term-limited incumbents (accountability), and under reelected incumbents than under first-term incumbents (competence), all else equal. In addition to improving our understanding of the role of elections in representative democracy, these findings resolve an empirical puzzle about the disappearance of the effect of term limits on gubernatorial performance over time.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipGovernmenten_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherCambridge University Pressen_US
dc.relation.isversionofdoi:10.1017/S0022381610000940en_US
dash.licenseOAP
dc.titleDisentangling Accountability and Competence in Elections: Evidence from U.S. Term Limitsen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.description.versionAccepted Manuscripten_US
dc.relation.journalJournal of Politicsen_US
dash.depositing.authorAlt, James E.
dc.date.available2012-09-25T19:10:00Z
dc.data.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1902.1/14838
dc.data.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1902.1/14838en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1017/S0022381610000940*
dash.contributor.affiliatedAlt, James


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