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date: 13 December 2019

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A large literature has claimed that higher political participation increases welfare spending. In this chapter, the author reviews this literature, first studying the theoretical link between participation and redistributive spending, then reviewing the empirical literature on the links between education, income, and political participation, and those between political participation and redistribution.

Keywords: political participation, turnout, welfare spending, disenfranchisement, identification, JEL classification: D72, H53

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