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Yardstick Competition among Governments: Accountability and Policymaking when Citizens Look Across Borders

Pierre Salmon


When the existence of several jurisdictions (countries, regions, or cities) is acknowledged, the possibility arises that citizens compare what obtains in their own jurisdiction to what obtains in others. These cross-jurisdiction or yardstick comparisons can have an effect on citizens’ support of incumbents (yardstick voting) and, as a consequence, an effect on governments’ decisions, making them interact (political yardstick competition proper). Both effects have been mainly studied in the context of federalism and decentralization, with the policy variables concerned being mostly fiscal (taxe ... More

Keywords: yardstick competition, yardstick voting, yardstick comparisons, international yardstick competition, political information asymmetry, citizen empowerment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190499167
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190499167.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pierre Salmon, author
Laboratoire d'Economie de Dijon, University of Burgundy and National Center for Scientific Research, France