The politics of fiscal consolidation in thirteen European countries are statistically analysed. Based on the political economy literature, political factors are identified that explain for the consolidation. Variables are selected representing strength of government and political orientation, and fiscal consolidation is distinguished into spending cuts and cuts in administration. The statistical analysis of political explanations for cutbacks hardly yields significant results and nor does the analysis of fiscal and economic effects of consolidation. The analysis of political effects of consolidation does lead to significant results. Some earlier political economic findings are not supported for our sample of thirteen European countries.

dx.doi.org/10.1080/14719037.2016.1148193, hdl.handle.net/1765/91160
Public Management Review: an international journal of research and theory
Erasmus University Rotterdam

Kickert, W.J.M, & Randma-Liiv, T. (2017). The Politics of Cutback Management in Thirteen European Countries: Statistical evidence on causes and effects. Public Management Review: an international journal of research and theory, 19(2), 175–193. doi:10.1080/14719037.2016.1148193