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Frank R. Baumgartner, Christian Breunig, and Emiliano Grossman

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198835332

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198835332.001.0001

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Connecting Government Announcements and Public Policy

Connecting Government Announcements and Public Policy

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(p.300) 30 Connecting Government Announcements and Public Policy
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Comparative Policy Agendas
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Christian Breunig

Emiliano Grossman

Tinette Schnatterer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198835332.003.0030

A key component of democratic governance is that elected governments implement their promises. This chapter advances previous work on electoral pledges by systematically linking governments’ announcements in speeches to their actual legislative behavior. Results show that introducing a political topic during a government speech substantively increases the amount of legislation in this particular policy domain. The study utilizes two series of comparative policy agendas—government speeches and legislation—from eight countries—Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States—for the period between 1983 and 2004. In addition to the direct link from speeches to legislation, the chapter also examines a number of prevalent alternative mechanisms of law production such as institutional effects, economic context, or party ideology.

Keywords:   political competition, legislation, public policy, comparative politics, institutional effects, economic context, party ideology, government speeches, Comparative Agendas Project

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