When Mayors Matter : Estimating the Impact of Mayoral Partisanship on City Policy

@inproceedings{Gerber2011WhenMM,
  title={When Mayors Matter : Estimating the Impact of Mayoral Partisanship on City Policy},
  author={Elisabeth R. Gerber},
  year={2011}
}
U.S. cities are limited in their ability to set policy. Can these constraints mute the impact of mayors’ partisanship on policy outcomes? We hypothesize that mayoral partisanship will more strongly affect outcomes in policy areas where there is less shared authority between local, state, and federal governments. To test this hypothesis, we create a novel dataset combining U.S. mayoral election returns from 1990 to 2006 with city fiscal data. Using regression discontinuity design, we find that… CONTINUE READING
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