From preferences to policy
|PhD ceremony:||H.L. Rienks|
|When:||December 08, 2022|
|Supervisor:||prof. dr. M.A. (Maarten) Allers|
|Co-supervisor:||dr. R.M. (Richard) Jong A Pin|
|Where:||Academy building RUG|
|Faculty:||Economics and Business|
Can citizens influence public policy through voting? This dissertation investigates all three steps in the causal chain that are necessary for policy responsiveness, being voter turnout, voting, and policy. It investigates this for municipal governments in the Netherlands. This dissertation is built on 5 novel research projects. Among others, it shows that voters in local elections in the Netherlands do keep parties accountable. This indicates that Dutch local elections are competitive which is favorable for policy responsiveness. However, it also shows that changes in the party composition of the municipal government do not lead to changes in local taxes. This indicates the opposite, namely that Dutch local elections do not lead to policy responsiveness. It also raises questions about policy responsiveness in other democratic countries: Since if even Dutch local elections do not lead to policy responsiveness, which elections do?