Quotation Pfaff, Katharina Gabriela, Quiroz Flores, Alejandro. 2021. Private provision of public goods and political survival: Rail transport in four European democracies in the 20th century. Research in Transportation Economics.


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The provision of public goods plays a key role in the survival of leaders in democracies. Assuming that mass rail transport shares many of the characteristics of public goods, we claim that the public provision of railway services is more beneficial for political leaders in democracies than private provision. To estimate the effect of the type of provision of railway services on leader survival, we use new data on four European democracies that present variation in the public and private ownership of rail miles between 1913 and 1981. We find that the private provision of rail transport increases the hazard rates of leader deposition in these democracies. These results bear crucial implications, as they help to explain the sweeping policies of nationalization of public services that took place in the first half of the 20th Century in Western Europe.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Research in Transportation Economics
Citation Index SSCI
Language English
Title Private provision of public goods and political survival: Rail transport in four European democracies in the 20th century
Year 2021
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.retrec.2021.101046
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://doi.org/10.1016/j.retrec.2021.101046
JEL H41; H13; N74

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Pfaff, Katharina Gabriela (Details)
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Quiroz Flores, Alejandro (University of Essex, United Kingdom)
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Institute for Sociology and Social Research IN (Details)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5117 Conflict research (Details)
5325 Political economics (Details)
5405 Empirical social research (Details)
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