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Do Political Parties Matter? Evidence from U.S. Cities*
Quarterly Journal of Economics
Are cities as politically polarized as states and countries? "No" is the answer from our regression discontinuity design analysis, which shows that whether the mayor is a Democrat or a Republican does not affect the size of city government, the allocation of local public spending, or crime rates. However, there is a substantial incumbent effect for mayors. We investigate three mechanisms that could account for the striking lack of partisan impact at the local level, and find the most supportdoi:10.1162/qjec.2009.124.1.399 fatcat:jgcfo6a6n5hibh3xrdizu34znm