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Unpublished Paper
Political Conflict over Time
  • William Howell, University of Chicago
  • Stefan Krasa, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Mattias K Polborn, Vanderbilt University
In a  dynamic setting in which politicians must decide whether to initiate the provision of some public good and, afterwards, how much of the public good to supply, we study the project implementation choice and the change of the associated political conflict over time. Our model identifies how project implementation affects elections, and conversely, how electoral effects influence the implementation decision.   We characterize different scenarios in which politicians implement policies that they do not like, or delay policies they like, for electoral reasons. Our model also reveals how the perceived benefits of holding office can stoke conflict over public goods about which there is broad consensus.

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Political Conflict over Time