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Political cycles in Greece's municipal employment

Chortareas, Georgios, Logothetis, Vassilis and Papandreou, Andreas A. 2017. Political cycles in Greece's municipal employment. Journal of Economic Policy Reform 20 , pp. 321-342. 10.1080/17487870.2016.1180251

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Abstract

We consider the politically motivated fluctuations in Greece’s municipal employment, constructing a data-set from primary data and focusing on the composition of municipal employment in terms of employment relationship forms. Our analysis produces strong evidence of pre-electoral manipulation through increases in the number of contract employees. Considering a number of control variables and robustness checks does not affect the key results. Such variables include whether mayors run for reelection, incumbents’ political alignment with central government, partisan shifts, general elections, mayors’ turnover rate, and timing patterns. Our evidence provides insights into Greece’s political economy in the run-up to the current economic crisis.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Uncontrolled Keywords: political cycles, employment, municipalities, Greece, panel data,
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1748-7870
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 1 November 2016
Last Modified: 23 Dec 2017 20:50
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/94992

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