Divided government and the size of government within U.S. states
Thesis (M.P.P.)--Georgetown University, 2011.; Includes bibliographical references.; Text (Electronic thesis) in PDF format. The literature on U.S. state government size and what drives it has examined the role of political factors such as political party, but has largely ignored the impact of divided government. This paper primarily focuses on whether the division between the governor's office and the legislature affects the size of state government. Using panel data from 48 states between 1976 and 2006, the evidence is too weak to conclude that divided government can lead to a bigger government.
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