Type
Article
Titre
Evaluating Electoral Responses to Policies. What do we learn from Italian incarceration policies
Dans
Sciences Po LIEPP Policy Brief
Éditeur
Paris : Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Evaluation of Public Policies
Numéro
45
Mots clés
Crime control policies , Italian collective pardon, Recidivism, Elections
Résumé
EN
This policy brief discusses how voters respond to public policies with a particular focus on crime control policies. We present the main methodological issues that the researcher faces to disentangle the response of voters to the consequences of policies from the other factors. We present the results of a study of the consequences of the 2006 Italian collective pardon. Using randomness in local variation in recidivism rates we show that Italian voters held the incumbent government responsible for local variations in recidivism caused by the collective pardon. We conclude by discussing the consequences for the evaluation of the electoral response to public policies.

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