Democratic Tradition, Representativeness, and Social Welfare

Martes, 22 de junio a las 12:00h.

Manuel Romero Hernández, University of South Eastern Norway and University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Rita R. Carballo, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Ayoze Corujo Hernández, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (Madrid)



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In this paper we provide empirical evidence that the level of social welfare of a country is significantly and positively influenced by the quality of representation of the citizens’ preferences over time and by the democratic tradition of a country. We show that societies with higher levels of representativeness in their election systems, guaranteeing a better representation of the community’s preferences, and longer history of democratic regimes, generating a political culture of governments behaviors, raise social welfare.