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Mr. Ashoka Mody and Ms. Stefania Fabrizio

fiscal outcomes, even when we consider a variety of conditioning variables. Second, contemporary politics is important and appears to trump the economic conditioning variables. In particular, more fragmented government coalitions, and those with an ideological disposition toward the “left,” toward a higher degree of nationalism, and toward greater fiscal decentralization, tend to be less fiscally conservative. Greater voter participation—a desirable attribute of a vibrant democracy—appears to loosen the budgetary purse strings, as discussed in Mueller and Stratmann