Feb 2018
Author(s): Scartascini, Carlos; Cruz, Cesi; Keefer, Philip
The Database of Political Institutions presents institutional and electoral results data such as measures of checks and balances, tenure and stability of the government, identification of party…
Jan 2017
Author(s): Jones, Mark P.
In the early 2000s the Inter-American Development Bank launched a visionary and influential research agenda that dramatically improved understanding of the policymaking process (PMP) in Latin America…
Jul 2016
Author(s): Hanusch, Marek; Keefer, Philip; Vlaicu, Razvan
What explains significant variation across countries in the use of vote buying instead of campaign promises to secure voter support? This paper explicitly models the tradeoff parties face between…
Jun 2016
Author(s): Ruiz Pozuelo, Julia; Slipowitz, Amy; Vuletin, Guillermo
This article challenges recent findings that democracy has sizable effects on economic growth. As extensive political science research indicates that economic turmoil is responsible for causing or…
Jun 2016
Author(s): Ruiz Pozuelo, Julia; Slipowitz, Amy; Vuletin, Guillermo
This online appendix presents a thorough analysis of the nature, dynamics, and most important events for 38 cases of democratization, including the list of democracy experts and key country-specific…
Jan 2016
Author(s): Cruz, Cesi; Keefer, Philip; Scartascini, Carlos
The Database of Political Institutions presents institutional and electoral results data such as measures of checks and balances, tenure and stability of the government, identification of party…
Sep 2013
Author(s): Gingerich, Daniel
This paper examines how the adoption of the Australian ballot (AB), and ipso facto, the transition from the nominal to effective secret vote, shaped the nature of party politics in Brazil. Engaging…
Jul 2013
Author(s): Tommasi, Mariano; Scartascini, Carlos; Caruso, Germán
The understanding of the economic effect of formal institutional rules has progressed substantially in recent decades. These formal analyses have tended to take for granted that institutional arenas…
Jul 2013
Author(s): Sánchez Torres, Fabio; Pachón, Mónica
The present paper explores the relationship between political competition and effective public goods delivery systems in a decentralized context to study whether the awareness generated through such…
Apr 2013
Author(s): Ames, Barry; Velasques de Paula Machado, Fabiana; Rennó, Lucio; Samuels, David; Smith, Amy Erica; Zucco, Cesar
This report presents sample characteristics and summary statistics from the Brazilian Electoral Panel Study (BEPS) project. The survey, composed of three waves, was conducted in Brazil in 2010, a…
Dec 2012
Author(s): Rossi, Martín; Tommasi, Mariano
This paper uses data from the Argentine House of Representatives to study the relationship between legislative effort and political success, as measured by reelection, becoming a leader of the House…
Jan 2012
Author(s): Scartascini, Carlos; Tommasi, Mariano
Este trabajo argumenta que la institucionalización es un fenómeno de equilibrio y que se asocia a mejores políticas públicas y mejores resultados en términos de desarrollo económico. Como soporte de…
Nov 2011
Author(s): Baena Olabe, Paloma; Vieyra, Juan Cruz
El presente documento contribuye al debate de por qué y cómo se puede utilizar el acceso a la información para la prevención y el control de la corrupción. El acceso a la información no solamente…
Nov 2011
Author(s): Ardanaz, Martín; Scartascini, Carlos
This paper argues that the details of political institutions help explain the low levels of personal income taxation. In particular, legislative malapportionment enables rich elites to exercise…
Nov 2011
Author(s): Baena Olabe, Paloma; Vieyra, Juan Cruz
This paper contributes to the debate around why and how access to information can be used to prevent and control corruption. Access to information can not only bring corruption cases to light, it can…
May 2011
Author(s): Miller, Sebastián J.
The existence of populist regimes led by outsiders is not new in history. In this paper a simple framework is presented that shows how and why a populist outsider can be elected to office, and under…
May 2011
Author(s): Puerta, Juan Manuel
This evaluation examines the IDB's Country Program with Honduras for the 2007-2010 period. This period was marked by a political crisis that halted operations with the country from June 2009 to…
May 2011
Author(s): Puerta, Juan Manuel
Esta evaluación examina el Programa de País del BID con Honduras durante el periodo 2007-2010. Este período fue marcado por la crisis política que implicó la pausa de operaciones con el país entre…
Jan 2011
Author(s): Hallerberg, Mark; Scartascini, Carlos
The recent financial crisis has initiated pressures for not only policy reform but also fundamental institutional fiscal reforms. This paper explores the connection between economic crises and…
Dec 2010
Author(s): Roza, Vivian; Llanos, Beatriz; Garzón de la Roza, Gisela
Para entender la compleja realidad de la participación política de las mujeres es indispensable poner la mirada en los partidos políticos. Estas organizaciones son "los porteros" de la…