Reference : Post-war voters as fiscal liberals: local elections, spending, and war trauma in cont...
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Post-war voters as fiscal liberals: local elections, spending, and war trauma in contemporary Croatia
Glaurdic, Josip mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Identités, Politiques, Sociétés, Espaces (IPSE) >]
Vukovic, Vuk mailto [University of Oxford > Politics and International Relations]
East European Politics
Taylor & Francis
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United Kingdom
[en] post-conflict ; Croatia ; elections ; voters ; fiscal liberalism
[en] This study exposes post-war voters’ fiscal liberalism using individual level and aggregate-level data covering a decade and a half of local electoral competition in post-war Croatia. Aggregate-level analysis shows Croatian voters’ fiscal liberalism to be conditional on their communities’ exposure to war violence: greater exposure to violence leads to greater support for fiscally expansionist incumbents. Individual-level analysis, on the other hand, shows post-war voters’ fiscal liberalism as rooted in their different levels of war-related trauma: more feelings of war-related trauma lead to greater economic expectations from the government. Our analysis also shows that voters’ war-conditioned preferences for fiscally expansionist incumbents show little sign of abating over time – a testament to the challenge presented by post-war recovery, and to the impact war exerts on political life long after the bloodshed has ended.
Leverhulme Trust, Isaac Newton Trust, European Research Council
Researchers ; Professionals
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H2020 ; 714589 - ELWar - Electoral Legacies of War: Political Competition in Postwar Southeast Europe

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