Election campaigns and platforms do have an impact on public policy

Do election campaigns shape public policy as they are supposed to in a democracy? Do the laws passed during a mandate really address the issues debated during elections? For countries with political systems as varied as Germany, Denmark, France and Italy, political scientists Isabelle Guinaudeau (CNRS) and Emiliano Grossman (Sciences Po)1 answer in the affirmative. To reach this conclusion, they used data, collected with their colleagues from the Comparative Agendas Project, to compare the themes of winning political programs with those of the laws passed during the term of office and found a match that has not declined since the 1980s.

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