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This document presents the codebook for an updated version of the 2008 database on Political Institutions, State Capabilities, and Public Policy. While most databases have emphasized either the content of policies (e.g., size of government deficits) or countries’ formal institutions (e.g., political regime, electoral system), the main variables in this database reflect the policymaking capabilities of different polities. As such, this database includes indicators on the key features of public policies (such as stability, adaptability, coordination, efficiency, and public regardedness) and on government capabilities (such as congress capabilities, judicial independence, political party institutionalization, and civil service). The value added of this database is not so much having generated new data as having compiled and aggregated existing data in a useful manner for empirical analysis. These data has been used for studying the workings of the policymaking process in Latin America, the impact of government capabilities on the quality of public policies, and the determinants of institutionalization, among other purposes.
Most policy analyses and academic papers deal with finding the combination of policies that may bring about the best development outcomes. However, in the long run, it is the features of public policies that seem to matter for explaining development outcomes. Unfortunately, Latin America and the Caribbean lags behind other regions in the quality of the features of public policies. Policy feat ... (View publication)
This policy brief takes stock of the research on government capabilities undertaken at the Inter-American Development Bank, highlights the relevance of government capabilities for generating better policies and higher levels of development, summarizes what has been learned about the origins of those capabilities, suggests avenues for further exploration, and derives lessons (and caveats) for insti ... (View publication)
The understanding of the economic effect of formal institutional rules has progressed substantially in recent decades. These formal analyses have tended to take for granted that institutional arenas such as Congress are the places where decision-making takes place. That is a good approximation in some cases (such as many developed countries today) but not in others. If countries differ in how inst ... (View publication)
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