Government Partisanship and Human Well-Being

Tetsuya Matsubayashi, Michiko Ueda

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    This paper shows that the partisan composition of government is strongly related to the well-being of citizens, measured by the reported level of life satisfaction and suicide rates in industrial countries. Our analysis, using survey data of 14 nations between 1980 and 2002, shows that the presence of left-leaning parties in government is associated with an increase the level of individual life satisfaction. The relationship holds true even after controlling for the effects of macroeconomic variables such as gross domestic product, unemployment rates and government welfare policies. Our panel data analysis of 21 nations between 1980 and 2004 also shows that suicide rates decrease when a country experiences a shift to more left-leaning government. The increased presence of right-wing parties in government has a negligible effect on suicide rates.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)127-148
    Number of pages22
    JournalSocial Indicators Research
    Volume107
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012 May

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    suicide rate
    Suicide
    Gross Domestic Product
    Unemployment
    gross domestic product
    unemployment rate
    macroeconomics
    social policy
    data analysis
    Well-being
    Government
    Partisanship
    citizen
    experience
    Life Satisfaction

    Keywords

    • Government partisanship
    • Happiness
    • Life satisfaction
    • Subjective well-being
    • Suicide
    • Welfare policy

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Developmental and Educational Psychology
    • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
    • Sociology and Political Science
    • Social Sciences(all)

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    Government Partisanship and Human Well-Being. / Matsubayashi, Tetsuya; Ueda, Michiko.

    In: Social Indicators Research, Vol. 107, No. 1, 05.2012, p. 127-148.

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    Matsubayashi, Tetsuya ; Ueda, Michiko. / Government Partisanship and Human Well-Being. In: Social Indicators Research. 2012 ; Vol. 107, No. 1. pp. 127-148.
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