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Government Responsiveness: A Democratic Value with Negative Externalities?

Journal article
Authors Marcia Grimes
Peter Esaiasson
Published in Political research quarterly
Volume 67
Issue 4
Pages 758-768
ISSN 1065-9129
Publication year 2014
Published at Department of Political Science
Pages 758-768
Language en
Keywords participatory democracy, political equality, facility siting, government responsiveness
Subject categories Political Science


Political equality and responsiveness to citizens are both central values in democracy. Citizens strong in political resources may, however, impress their preferences upon decision makers more effectively than others, meaning that government responsiveness may possibly exacerbate inequality in policy outcomes, especially if participatory democratic arrangements are prevalent. The article studies these processes empirically, drawing on a dataset of the siting of unwanted facilities in two Swedish cities. Indicative of the tension between equality and responsiveness, we find that residents’ political resources affect facility siting in the local district.

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