The Distributional Impact of Greater Responsiveness: Evidence from New York Towns

  title={The Distributional Impact of Greater Responsiveness: Evidence from New York Towns},
  author={Michael W. Sances},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  pages={105 - 119}
Making leaders more responsive to voters is a frequent goal of institutional reforms in democracies. Given that some citizens participate more in politics than others, however, there is a risk that increased responsiveness may conflict with another democratic value: the equality of policy outcomes. This article studies this trade-off using institutional reforms in New York towns, where officials known as assessors are charged with ensuring equitable treatment in property taxation. Over time… 

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