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Military Service of Politicians, Public Policy, and Parliamentary Decisions

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Stadelmann, David ; Portmann, Marco ; Eichenberger, Reiner:
Military Service of Politicians, Public Policy, and Parliamentary Decisions.
In: CESifo Economic Studies. Vol. 64 (2018) Issue 4 . - pp. 639-666.
ISSN 1610-241X
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/cesifo/ify006

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Abstract in another language

How do politicians with past military service decide on societal issues? We explore the voting behavior of parliamentarians in the informative institutional setting of Switzerland with a conscription army. Our setting allows controlling for voter preferences and party ideology. Results show that politicians who have served in the military do not differ from those who have not served when comparing their voting behavior on issues related to female welfare and welfare of the weak and disabled. However, politicians who have served in the military tend to have a higher probability to accept proposals on neutrality and a lower probability to accept proposals linked to international human rights and the environment. We explore differences with respect to military ranks and ideological positions within parties and find that having chosen to serve in higher military ranks is associated with a differential voting pattern. This suggests that motivation for the military affects voting in parliament. (JEL codes: D72, F52, H56)

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Economics
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Economics > Professorship Development Economics > Professorship Development Economics - Univ.-Prof. Dr. David Stadelmann
Profile Fields > Emerging Fields > Governance and Responsibility
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2019 13:04
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2019 13:04
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/52837