Articles


  1. “The Politics of Fiscal Rules within the European Union. A dynamic analysis of fiscal rules stringency.”

    Journal of European Public Policy (avec P. Doray-Demers), forthcoming, 2016.

    Over the last 25 years, fiscal rules (FRs) have been proliferating in Europe bringing in-depth change to the architecture of fiscal institutions. This paper investigates different theories explaining the changes in national fiscal rules stringency (FRS) using a panel of 28 European countries from 1990 to 2013. We found evidence that fiscal stress prevents fiscal reform in the short term, and leads to stronger fiscal rules in the long term. This pattern corresponds to the “war of attrition” argument formulated by Alesina et al (1989). We found evidence that countries eager to join the EU showed their commitment to Maastricht targets by incorporating FRs into national laws. Countries facing financial difficulties after the 2009 sovereign debt crisis were coerced into adopting more stringent FRs to obtain fiscal support from the EU. Both cases support the idea that coercive diplomacy might explain the strength of national fiscal rules in the EU.

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  2. “Good times and bad times. Electoral Accountability and Taxation.”

    Electoral Studies (avec K. Seki et G. Whitten), forthcoming, 2016.

    In this article we address two important and related questions. First, do economic
    hard times make defeat inevitable for any incumbent? And, second, do voters sanction
    incumbents for a poor economy whatever the economic policy pursued? To answer
    these questions, we propose a new theory about the ways in which taxation policies,
    clarity of responsibility, government ideology, and economic conditions come
    together to shape election outcomes. We address these questions with a new set of
    data collected on elections, government policies, and economic measures before and
    during the current economic crisis. Our findings indicate that taxation policies have
    effects on incumbent electoral patterns net of economic performance measures, but
    that these effects differ in theoretically-expected fashions depending on clarity of responsibility,
    government ideology, and whether or not there has been a recession in
    the year before an election is held.

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  3. “Duverger and the French Semi-Presidential Democracy.”

    French Politics, forthcoming, 2016.

    In this article, I propose to go back on the reasons why some theoretical ideas of Duverger have not been so disseminated in the French political science and shed light on the concept of semi-presidentialism to understand to what extent such a concept is still useful to understand the functioning or malfunctioning of the current French Fifth Republic.

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  4. “Does a Growing Income Gap Affect Political Attitudes?”

    Canadian Public Policy (avec A. Perrella , E. Bélanger, et R. Nadeau), 42(1): 35-48, 2016.

    Few have asked about political implications of increasing income inequalities in Canada. Over several generations, those in higher echelons have enjoyed considerable growth, while those in lower tiers have seen no growth, or worse, declines. This leads us to ask whether there also exists a bifurcation of political attitudes, with those in the lower income tiers showing more negative orientations compared to those who fare much better. More precisely, we examine whether growing income inequality—mainly the growing income gap—has any measurable effect on political attitudes. We approach this study by incorporating econometric data from Statistics Canada and survey data from the Canadian Election Study, spanning from the early 1990s to 2011.

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  5. “Towards a better operationalisation of strategic culture: A rejoinder to Endres, Mader and Schoen”

    European Journal of Political Research (avec F. Mérand), 54(4): 860-865, 2015.

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  6. “Decentralisation in Africa and the Nature of Local Governments’ Competition: Evidence from
    Benin”

    International Tax and Public Finance (avec E. Caldeira, G. Rota-Graziosi), 2015, Early view.

    Decentralization has been put forward as a powerful tool to reduce poverty and improve governance in Africa. This paper will study the existence and identify the nature of spillovers resulting from local expenditure policies. These spillovers impact the efficiency of decentralization. We develop a two-jurisdiction model of public expenditure, which differs from existing literature by capturing the extreme poverty of some local governments in developing countries through a generalized notion of Nash equilibrium, namely constrained Nash equilibrium. We show how and under what conditions spillovers among jurisdictions induce strategic behaviors from local officials. By estimating a spatial lag model for a panel data analysis of the 77 communes in Benin from 2002 to 2008, our empirical analysis establishes the existence of the strategic complementarity of public spending in various jurisdictions. Thus, any increase in the local public provision in one jurisdiction should induce a similar variation among the neighboring jurisdictions. This result raises the issue of coordination among local governments, and more broadly, it questions the efficiency of decentralization in developing countries in line with Oates’ theorem.

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  7. “Public Support for European Defence:Does Strategic Culture Matter?”

    European Journal of Political Research (avec B. Irondelle et F. Mérand), 54(2): 363-383, 2014.

    This article identifies previously ignored determinants of public support for the European Union’s security and defence ambitions. In contrast to public opinion vis-à-vis the EU in general, the literature on attitudes towards a putative European army or the existing Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) suggests that the explanatory power of sociodemographic and economic variables is weak, and focuses instead on national identity as the main determinant of one’s support. This article explores the possible impact of strategic culture, and argues that preferences vis-à-vis the EU’s security and defence ambitions are formed in part through pre-existing social representations of security. To test this proposition, ‘national’ strategic cultures are disaggregated and a typology is produced that contains four strategic postures: pacifism, traditionalism, humanitarianism and globalism. Applying regression analysis on individual-level Eurobarometer survey data, it is found that strategic postures help explain both the general level of support for CSDP and support for specific Petersberg tasks.

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  8. “Forecasting the rise of the Front National during the 2014 municipal elections”

    French Politics 12(4): 338-347, 2014 (avec S. Brouard).

    This article develops an electoral forecasting model for the extreme-right vote share in France during the 2014 municipal elections. On the basis of data gathered between 1998 and 2014 from a sample of 56 cities where the Front National(FN) has always presented candidates for municipal office, the model anticipated a rise in the FN’s share of the vote during the 2014 municipal elections. Controlling for political context through election type, FN popularity and electoral dynamics in addition to the criminality rate, this article adds to previous extreme-right forecasting models demonstrating that the FN’s vote share is not at all unpredictable even in the case of local elections.

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  9. “The impact of election outcomes on satisfaction with democracy under a two-round system”

    French Politics 12(1): 22–35, 2014 (avec L. Beaudonnet, A. Blais, D. Bol).

    Previous research has found a positive relationship between having voted for a party that is part of the government and satisfaction with democracy. However, no research has examined this relationship in the specific case of a two-round system. Relying on original panel data survey conducted before and after the 2012 legislative election in France, this article addresses the question of how vote choices in the first and second rounds affect satisfaction with democracy. We find that both rounds have a similar impact and that voters who rallied a winning party in the second round are as happy with the democratic process as early supporters.

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  10. “Patrimony and French Presidential Vote Choice: Evidence from the 2012 Election”

    French Politics, 12(1): 59-68, 2014 (avec E. Bélanger, R. Nadeau, M. Lewis-Beck et M. Turgeon).

    Studies of French voting behavior have pioneered the inclusion of patrimony in explanations of vote choice in presidential elections. Patrimony, as measured by the number of assets that an individual owns, has been found to matter to vote choice in recent French presidential elections. Can we say that its influence has continued with the latest 2012 presidential election, which took place in the context of the European economic crisis? We explore this question using TNS Sofres survey data. We find that patrimony continued to matter in 2012, that it clearly distinguished supporters of Nicolas Sarkozy from those of François Hollande, and that its effect on second-round vote choice was distinct from that of other socioeconomic determinants. These findings provide further support for the idea that capital income needs to be taken into account when assessing the relationship between individual wealth and voting behavior.

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  11. “Les politiques économiques européennes face à la Grande Récession”

    Politique Européenne 42(4): 8-21, 2014.

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  12. “Transformation des politiques de recrutement des forces armées au Royaume-Uni et aux Etats-Unis”

    Gouvernement et Action Publique 4(4): 621-640, 2013 (avec B. Irondelle).

    Dans cet article, nous proposons un état de l’art des politiques de recrutement
    militaire au Royaume-Uni et aux États-Unis pour illustrer leur transformation au
    prisme du processus de libéralisation économique et d’affirmation comme puissance
    militaire de ces deux pays. Nous abordons la question des instruments de la politique
    de recrutement des forces armées américaines et britanniques sous l’angle des politiques
    publiques mais aussi des études de sécurité afin de mieux comprendre la logique
    de changement à l’oeuvre depuis une dizaine d’années. En s’appuyant sur un travail
    documentaire exhaustif, nous illustrons les points de convergence et divergence
    d’action des ministères de la Défense dans la gestion d’une ressource humaine militaire
    enchevêtrée entre logique économique d’efficacité et logique de transformation du rôle
    de l’État. Si l’emploi d’instruments de nature incitative (salaires bonifiés, primes de
    reconversion, d’éducation) et le recours aux sociétés militaires privés caractérisent le
    mieux la politique de recrutement des armées américaines et britanniques, ces dernières
    se démarquent par une appréciation différente d’une approche en termes de
    qualité et de quantité de recrues.

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  13. “French Legislative Voting in the Fifth Republic”

    French Politics 11(4): 307-331, 2013 (avec J.F. Godbout).

    This study analyzes legislative voting in the French National Assembly during the Fifth Republic. We use an original dataset of roll call votes to understand the development of party voting unity from the Ist to the XIIIth Legislature (1958-2012). We also include a spatial analysis of legislative voting to measure the dimensionality of politics in the legislature. Our results show that party unity is very high in the National Assembly and that the policy space in the legislature is primarily one-dimensional. However, we note that party unity is weaker under certain circumstances, particularly when voting is related to Foreign policy issues and the European Union, or when the government is composed of an ideologically diverse coalition of parties.

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  14. “Patrimonial Voting: Refining the Measures”

    Electoral Studies 32(3): 557-62, 2013 (avec R. Nadeau et M. Lewis-Beck).

    Several studies have shown the importance of patrimony on voting for the right in French, British, and American national elections. However, these studies have only taken into account the diversity of patrimony and not their value. We propose to fill this gap in the literature with the “Mode de vie des Français” dataset that contains information on the savings and patrimony of French voters and was collected before the May 2007 presidential election. The results show that including measures that take into account the value of survey respondents’ patrimony does not change the conclusions of previous studies that have demonstrated the existence of a strong relationship between holding a risky patrimony and support for the right.

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  15. “Les règles budgétaires dans les provinces canadiennes: Nomenclatures et éléments d’analyse”

    L’Actualité Économique (avec E. Farvaque et M. Joanis). 2013, à paraître.

    Cet article fait le point sur la question des règles budgétaires, qui occupe une place centrale dans les débats de politiques publiques sur la résorption éventuelle des déficits hérités de la Grande Récession. Il revient d’abord rapidement sur la littérature théorique relative aux règles budgétaires. Il dresse ensuite une nomenclature des règles budgétaires en vigueur dans les provinces canadiennes. La nomenclature proposée est plus fine que celle existant dans la littérature, et elle se fonde sur les travaux récents menés sur les États américains. Le menu des options de politiques publiques disponibles dans le contexte canadien est enfin évalué, afin d’examiner les performances relatives des diverses règles existantes.

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  16. “Looking back on the forecasting of the French legislative election”

    French Politics, 10(4): 384-88, 2012.

    This note offers a review of a forecasting model implemented for the 2012 legislative election. Based on real outcomes, I highlight to what extent this model provides better forecasting than preceding ones and how it could be improved for the next national elections. Introducing local data to forecast national electoral outcomes is no doubt a promising research avenue in such a field.

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  17. “The Compleat Economic Voter: New Theory and UK Evidence”

    British Journal of Political Science, 43(2): 241-261 (avec M. Lewis-Beck et R. Nadeau). 2013.

    While economic voting has been much studied, almost all the work has been based on the classic reward-punishment model, which treats the economy as a valence issue. The economic is, indeed, a valence issue, but it is much more than that. In the work at hand, we explore two other dimensions of economic voting – position and patrimony. Through investigation of a 2010 UK election survey containing relevant measures on these three dimensions, we estimate their impact on vote intention, in the context of a carefully specified system of equations. According to the evidence reported, each dimension of economic voting has its own independent effect. Moreover, together, they reveal a “compleat” economic voter, who wields considerable power over electoral choice in Britain. This result, while new, confirms and extends recent work on US and French elections.

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  18. “Decentralization in Africa and the Nature of Local Governments’ Competition: Evidence from Benin.”

    NBER Working Paper WS 18126 (avec E. Caldeira et G. Rota-Graziosi), June 2012.

    Decentralization has been put forward as a powerful tool to reduce poverty and improve governance in Africa. The aim of this paper is to study the existence, and identify the nature, of spillovers resulting from local expenditure policies. These spillovers impact the efficiency of decentralization. We develop a two-jurisdiction model of public expenditure, which differs from existing literature by capturing the extreme poverty of some local governments in developing countries through a generalized notion of the Nash equilibrium, namely, the constrained Nash equilibrium. We show how and under which conditions spillovers among jurisdictions induce strategic behaviours from local officials. By estimating a spatial lag model for a panel data analysis of the 77 communes in Benin from 2002 to 2008, our empirical analysis establishes the existence of the strategic complementarity of jurisdictions’ public spending. Thus, any increase in the local public provision in one jurisdiction should induce a similar variation among the neighbouring jurisdictions. This result raises the issue of coordination among local governments, and more broadly, it questions the effeciency of decentralisation in developing countries in line with Oates’ theorem.

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  19. “Does decentralization facilitate access to poverty-related services? Evidence from Benin.”

    NBER Working Paper WS 18118 (avec E. Caldeira et G. Rota-Graziosi), June 2012.

    We study the effect of decentralization on the access to some poverty-related public services in Benin. Compiling panel data from local governments’ accounts and from surveys on 18,000 Beninese households performed in 2006 and 2007, our study suggests that decentralization has a positive overall effect on access to basic services. However, this effect appears to be nonmonotone following an inverted U-shaped curve. It varies according to local jurisdictions’ wealth and to the nature of basic services. Decentralization in Benin contributes positively to the reduction of poverty by improving the average access to poverty-related services. However, the devil is in the details, as decentralization seems to increase inequality among local governments in terms of access. Another result relying on the success of decentralization in Benin is the prioritization of basic services, which differs among local governments according to their wealth. While the poorest jurisdictions neglect primary education, focusing more on access to drinking water, the richest ones get less attention to sewage services, since these are already provided at a sufficiently high level.

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  20. “The Challenge of Burden-sharing”

    International Journal 67(3): 423-29 (avec F. Mérand), 2012.
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  21. “Forecasting the 2012 French Presidential Election”

    PS: Political Science & Politics 45(2): 218-222 (avec R. Nadeau), 2012.

    Who will win the next French presidential election? Forecasting electoral results from political-economy models is a recent tradition in France. In this article, we pursue this effort by estimating a vote function based on both local and national data for the elections held between 1981 and 2007. This approach allows us to circumvent the small N problem and to produce more robust and reliable results. Based on a model including economic (unemployment) and political (approval and previous results) variables, we predict the defeat, although by a relatively small margin, of the right-wing incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy in the second round of the French presidential election to be held in May 2012.

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  22. “Forecasting the 2012 French Legislative Election”

    French Politics 10(1): 68-83, 2012.

    Who will win the next French legislative election? This article provides forecasts based on an estimated vote function from local data (départements) between 1986 and 2007. Predicting the presidential winner or presidential outcomes is a recent tradition in France but one that has produced fairly accurate results. Yet the literature has paid less attention to forecasting legislative elections. In this article, I propose to fill this gap by estimating a politico-econometric model where vote decision is based on economic (unemployment, GDP) and political (PM popularity, previous electoral vote share, partisan trend) factors. Based on this model, a defeat for right-wing parties at the second round is forecasted unless, against all odds, Nicolas Sarkozy wins the presidential election.

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  23. “Canadian Federalism and Change in Policy Attention: A Comparison with the United Kingdom”

    Canadian Journal of Political Science. 45(3): 635-56 (avec E. Montpetit). 2012.

    Federal systems empower multiple policy actors from different levels of governments. For some scholars, the disagreements arising within such a diverse group of actors create policy stalemates. Others contend instead that new ideas are more likely to arise and diffuse from such a diverse group. This article is a contribution to this scholarly debate. It argues that both perspectives are useful to understanding the dynamic of policy-making within federal systems. Looking at change in policy attention in Canadian and British speeches from the Throne, the article argues that federalism constrains change immediately following a party turnover in government. In the following years, however, federal arrangements encourage larger changes in policy attention than arrangements where power is centralized.

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  24. “La persistance de l’effet patrimoine dans les élections présidentielles”

    Revue Française de Science Politique. 61(4): 659-680 (avec R. Nadeau et M. Lewis-Beck). 2011.

    Dans un ouvrage novateur, Jacques Capdevielle et ses collaborateurs ont mis à jour il y a une trentaine d’années l’existence d’un « effet patrimoine » expliquant de façon significative le comportement électoral en France. Malgré la portée de ce résultat, l’étude de cette question a reçu moins d’attention par la suite. La mesure du patrimoine a occupé de moins en moins de place dans les enquêtes électorales françaises, notamment au moment des élections présidentielles de 2007. Nous démontrons dans ce texte que l’effet patrimoine est toujours aussi pertinent aujourd’hui pour expliquer le comportement électoral en France. En proposant un modèle général inspiré des travaux sur l’aversion au risque, nous montrons comment le patrimoine risqué se révèle être un puissant prédicteur du vote à droite en France sur longue période. Ce constat montre l’intérêt de renouer avec un concept novateur de la science politique française.

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  25. “Assets and risk: A neglected dimension of economic voting”

    French Politics. 9(2): 97–119 (avec R. Nadeau et M. Lewis-Beck). 2011.

    Economic voting studies have been dominated by the classic reward–
    punishment paradigm, in which voters vote for the incumbent under good economic performance, but against under bad. This paradigm works well when the economic issue is a valence issue, such as prosperity. However, it leaves out positional economic voting, in which the voter’s place in the economic structure influences policy preference, and thus party preference. More precisely, we suggest that the better the economic location of voters in terms of assets, highrisk assets in particular, the more they will vote right, because the right promises a better return on their investments. We demonstrate this effect in French presidential election data, from three national surveys – 1988, 1995 and 2002. This assets effect well exceeds other economic effects tested, and does so under strong statistical controls.

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  26. “The Fractal Process of European Integration: A Formal Theory of Recursivity in the Field of European Security”

    French Politics, Culture and Society. 29(2): 68-89 (avec G. Mallard). 2011.

    Based on a simplified formal theory derived from bargaining games, this paper provides an argument for the recursive aspect in the process of European integration to formalize the cycles of treaty negotiations of the first and the latest European treaties in the security domain.
    Our article challenges the role that successive generations of EU scholars have granted to the transnational networks of European federalists in the process of European integration. We argue that federalists increased the expected utility that states derived from the signing of federalist treaties, 3) by spreading the risk of rejection of these treaties into successive rounds of negotiations. Federalists, we claim, segmented treaties into components with different probabilities of acceptance, and structured the different rounds of negotiations of these components by starting with the less risky ones, promising to continue negotiating more risky ones in future rounds. Future research should look into economic treaties to see if a similar sequencing of negotiations occurred, and whether this sequence is what distinguishes the process of European integration from other processes of integration elsewhere in the world.

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  27. “Patrimonial Economic Voting: Legislative Elections in France”

    West European Politics 33(6): 1261–1277 (avec R. Nadeau R. et M. Lewis-Beck). 2010.

    Patrimonial economic voting has been neglected, in favor of classical economic voting studies. This assertion holds less, however, with French election investigations, where the neglect is relative, rather than absolute. Whereas classical economic voting holds the economy to be a valence issue, patrimonial economic voting regards the economy as a positional issue. Voters who own more property, in particular high-risk assets, are held to be more right-wing in their political preferences. This patrimonial effect shows itself to be statistically and substantively strong in one of the few election data-sets with sufficient measures available - surveys on the National Assembly contests of 1978, 1988, 2002. The electoral effect exceeds that from the traditional “heavy variables” of class and income. Moreover, further work might show its impact comparable to that of classic sociotropic retrospective evaluations of the national economy. Certainly a case can be made for further study of patrimonial economic voting, as compared to classical economic voting.

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  28. “Public Spending, Public Deficits and Government Coalitions”

    Political Studies 58(5), 829-846 (avec A. Blais A. et K. Jiyoon). 2010.

    The study examines the relationship between types of government and level of public spending. There are two competing perspectives about the consequences of coalition governments on the size of public expenditures. The most common argument is that government spending increases under coalition governments, compared with one-party governments. Another line of thought contends that coalition governments often are stalled in the status quo due to the veto power of each member. Our analysis of public spending in 33 parliamentary democracies between 1972 and 2000 confirms the latter argument that coalition governments have a status quo bias. Particularly, we find that single-party governments are apt to modify the budget according to the current fiscal condition, which enables them to increase or decrease spending more flexibly. On the contrary, coalition governments find it difficult not only to decrease spending under difficult fiscal conditions but also to increase it even under a more favourable context, because each member of the coalition has a veto power.

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  29. “A General Empirical Law of Public Budgets: A Comparative Analysis “

    American Journal of Political Science 54(3), 855-873 (avec B.D. Jones, F. Baumgartner, C. Breunig, & al.). 2009.

    Political dynamics are likely to proceed according to more general laws of human dynamics and information processing, but the specifics have yet to be outlined. Here we begin this task by examining public budgeting in comparative perspective. Budgets quantify collective political decisions made in response to incoming information, the preferences of decision-makers, and the institutions that structure how decisions are made.
    We first establish that the distribution of budget changes in many western democracies follows a non-Gaussian distribution, the double Paretian or power function. This implies that budget changes are highly incremental yet occasionally punctuated by very large budget changes. This pattern holds regardless of the type of system—parliamentary or presidential—and for the level of government. By studying the power function’s exponents, however, we find systematic differences for budgetary increases versus decreases (the latter are more punctuated) in most systems, and for levels of government (local governments are less punctuated).
    Finally, we show that differences among countries in the coefficients of the general budget law are probably explained by differences in the formal institutional structures of the countries. That is, while the general form of the law is probably dictated by the fundamental operations of human and organizational information processing, differences in the magnitudes of the law’s basic parameters are country and institution-specific.

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  30. “Dynamique parlementaire de la politique de défense: Une comparaison franco-britannique”

    Revue Internationale de Politique Comparée 16(3): 465-483. (avec B. Irondelle). 2009.

    Cet article propose d’identifier comment les questions de défense émergent dans la société et sont transformées ou non par les décideurs publics, les institutions parlementaires et plus généralement le système politique, en politiques publiques. A partir d’un cadre d’analyse théorique de l’agenda-setting, nous étudions et comparons l’attention de la politique de défense dans l’arène parlementaire du Royaume-Uni et de la France entre 1997 et 2007. Malgré de faibles ponctuations des agendas parlementaires de défense, la France et le Royaume-Uni présentent des régularités au niveau de la dimension extérieure de la politique de défense et de fortes divergences dans son volet interne.

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  31. “Un modèle explicatif du vote FNSEA aux élections des représentants des chefs d’exploitation aux Chambres d’Agriculture départementales (1995-2001)”

    Economie Rurale 312: 32-51. (avec E. Dubois, F. Facchini et A. François). 2009.

    Cet article se présente comme une extension du champ de l’économie du vote et de ses méthodes au domaine encore inexploré des élections professionnelles. A partir d’une analyse des suffrages obtenus par la FNSEA aux élections des Chambres d’Agriculture départementales de 1995 à 2001, nous mettons en évidence plusieurs résultats. Il apparaît notamment que les variations de revenu des exploitations agricoles ainsi que le nombre de nouvelles installations influencent positivement les suffrages du syndicat, attestant une dimension égotropique et sociotropique au vote. De plus, nous mettons en évidence que les territoires de culture de betteraves soutiennent plus la fédération nationale, alors que nous ne trouvons pas de relation entre les cultures céréalières et ce vote. Enfin, le faible niveau de participation lors de ces élections donne un avantage réel pour la FNSEA.

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  32. “Public Budgeting in the French Fifth Republic: The End of ‘La République des partis‘ ?”

    West European Politics 32(2): 401-419. (avec F. Baumgartner et A. François). 2009.

    We review trends in state spending across the Fifth Republic. Considering the partisan divisions in French political life and the importance accorded to elections and partisan control of government, one might expect substantial differences in spending patterns by governments of the Left and the Right. Instead, we find only a small number of statistically significant differences and when we do find them, governments of the Right are the higher spenders. The reasons for this are the different historical periods during which the Left and Right have been in power. As the Right dominated French politics for the first half of the Fifth Republic, it oversaw a period of the most dramatic growth in the state, across virtually all sectors. Growth in state spending declined regularly over the decades but particularly after the oil crisis and other events in the 1970s. Since 1981, when governments (if not presidential control) have alternated on a relatively regular basis, austerity and limited growth in spending has been the rule, no matter which governments have been in power. We demonstrate these facts with a comprehensive overview of public spending across eleven categories. The results are presented graphically, with statistical t-tests, and finally with regressions controlling for growth in the economy. In all cases, no linkage between Left control of government and higher spending is found.

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  33. “Public Spending Interactions and Local Politics. Empirical Evidence from French Municipalities”.

    Public Choice 137(1-2): 57-80 (avec T. Madiès et S. Paty). 2008.

    This paper aims at testing whether there exist spending interactions between French municipalities by estimating a dynamic panel data model. Our results suggest that there are some interactions between neighbouring municipalities as regards primary and investment expenditures. A positive relationship between municipalities’ wage bill and unemployment rates is likely to stress a rise of temporary employment in those municipalities that suffer from social troubles. Further, the estimation results show that these interdependences also exist between cities whose mayors have the same partisan affiliation. Finally, our results confirm the opportunistic behaviour of local governments, which increase all categories of public spending in pre-electoral periods.

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  34. “What Does It Take for Canadian Political Scientist to Get Cited ?”

    Social Science Quarterly, September 89(3): 802-816 (avec E. Montpetit E. et A. Blais). 2008.

    The article examines the factors that influence the frequency whereby scholarly articles published by Canadian political scientists are cited. We collected data on 1860 journal articles published between 1985 and 2005 by 758 Canadian political scientists and listed in the Social Science Citation Index. Using these data, we performed OLS and Tobit estimations to identify factors influencing citation frequency. The regressions show that the reputation of the journal in which the article is published, though important, does not explain everything. The gender of the author(s), the number of authors, the geographical focus of the article, the field and the methodology also matter. An article is more likely to be widely cited if it is published in a prestigious journal, if it is written by several authors, if it applies quantitative methods, if it compares countries and if it deals with administration and public policy or elections and political parties. Faculty members who belong to larger departments and women are more cited.

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  35. “Le Royaume-Uni a-t-il les moyens de préserver son leadership militaire en Europe”.

    Arès, 12(58): 21-38 (avec B. Irondelle). 2007.

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  36. “How Useful is the « Cumul des Mandats » for Being Re-elected? Empirical Evidence from the 1997 Legislative Election”.

    French Politics 4(3): 292-311, 2006.

    This paper aims at estimating the impact of the cumul des mandats on the votes of incumbents in the 1997 French legislative elections. The model specifies the behavior of both the incumbent candidate and his/her direct challenger. Results show that holding a supplementary office does not increase the odds of re-election for an incumbent Member of Parliament (MP), except for the offices of MP-mayor or more slightly MP-regional councilor. The empirical estimates of the model do not validate a generally accepted idea that a local elected official derives a substantial increase in votes for future legislative elections.

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  37. “A Punctuated Equilibrium in French Budgeting Processes”,

    Journal of European Public Policy 13(7): 1082-1099 (avec F. Baumgartner et A. François). 2006.

    We use data on French budgeting to test models of friction, incrementalism and punctuated equilibrium. Data include the overall state budget since 1820; ministerial budgets for seven ministries since 1868; and a more complete ministerial series covering ten ministries since 1947. Our results in every case are remarkably similar to the highly leptokurtic distributions that Jones and Baumgartner (2005) demonstrated in US budgeting processes. This suggests that general characteristics of administrative processes create friction, and that these general factors are more important than particular details of organizational design. The legendary centralization and administrative strength of the French state, especially when compared to the decentralized separated powers structure of the US system, where the theory was developed, is apparently not sufficient to overcome cognitive pressures causing friction. Further, our French data cover a wide range of institutional procedures and constitutional regimes. The similarity of our findings across all these settings suggests that administrative structures alone are less important than the cognitive reasons discussed in the original model.

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  38. “Europe de la Défense : quel processus d’allocation ?”

    Revue Économique 57 (3): 407-418, 2006.

    Depuis 1999, l’Union européenne a décidé de disposer d’une politique de sécurité et de défense (PESD) autonome. La très forte hétérogénéité des préférences de chacun des États-membres implique de définir la nature du processus d’allocation des ressources de défense au sein de cet espace. En assimilant la sécurité européenne à un bien collectif impur caractérisé par des phénomènes de spillin, cet article propose de tester, à partir d’un cadre d’analyse emprunté à l’économie des alliances, si l’Europe de la Défense suit un processus de type Cournot-Nash ou Lindhal. L’estimation économétrique, réalisée sur la période 1980-2002, admet qu’un processus Cournot-Nash est préféré pour dix des quinze pays de l’UE et souligne la difficulté de préciser un prix fiscal pour l’Europe de la Défense.

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  39. “La politique influence-t-elle les décisions publiques locales?”

    Revue Politiques et Management Public 23(4): 79-100 (avec A. François). 2005.

    Les développements théoriques autour des cycles politico-économiques (political business cycles) ont montré que les décisions budgétaires locales sont susceptibles d’être influencées par l’exercice de responsabilités politiques de deux manières. D’une part, l’approche des élections peut conduire une équipe en place à utiliser le budget municipal pour améliorer la situation économique au moment de l’élection (cycle opportuniste). D’autre part, l’arrivée d’une équipe à la tête d’une commune peut se traduire par l’application de son programme à travers des choix locaux de dépenses publiques (cycle partisan). Cette étude se propose dès lors de tester l’existence de tels cycles dans la gestion communale française. Pour ce faire, elle s’appuie sur une analyse empirique des budgets des 91 communes françaises les plus peuplées de 1977 à 2001. L’analyse économétrique met alors en évidence la présence d’un cycle opportuniste important sur les dépenses des communes qu’elles soient d’investissement ou de fonctionnement. En revanche, l’inexistence d’un cycle partisan est établie même lorsque les alternances politiques et les nouvelles majorités sont prises en compte.

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  40. “Le rendement des dépenses électorales en France : le cas des élections législatives de 1997″

    Revue Économique 56(5): 1125-1143 (avec A. François). 2005.

    L’objet de cet article est de déterminer l’influence des dépenses de campagne sur les résultats électoraux en France. À partir d’une étude empirique fondée sur les élections législatives de 1997, nous montrons que les résultats électoraux français sont sensibles aux dépenses électorales engagées par les candidats. En effet, une fois pris en compte le biais d’endogénéité de la dépense du candidat sortant à l’aide de la méthode des doubles moindres carrés, nous montrons que les suffrages d’un député sortant sont positivement influencés par sa dépense, et négativement par la dépense<br /> des autres candidats. Ce résultat est à mettre en perspective de la nouvelle réglementation des campagnes électorales visant à réduire les barrières financières à l’entrée du marché politique. Enfin, ce résultat confirme les travaux empiriques menés aux États-Unis sur le rendement positif de l’argent dans le processus électoral. .

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  41. “Innovation et brevet : une comparaison transatlantique”

    Revue internationale et stratégique 55: 99-107. (avec C. Ben Lakhdar). 2004.
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