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Economic prosperity is crucial for a politician’s success. , Fiorina 1981). Yet it is unclear whether, or to what extent, government can inﬂuence the performance of the aggregate economy. 1 And, as we will discuss in more depth shortly, government policy cannot merely be assumed to be effective, as it must overcome roadblocks before even the most sophisticated attempts to control the economy can succeed. Further obscuring the effects of policy, politicians may claim credit for good economic conditions that they did not bring about and blame economic downturns on forces outside their control—even when such events result from political ineptitude or a pursuit of short-term goals (for example, reelection) that lead presidents to sacriﬁce long-term prosperity (see Tufte 1978).
37 At ﬁrst glance, it is difﬁcult to argue that deﬁcits matter. For example, despite Japan’s economic success in the ﬁrst forty-ﬁve years after World War II, over that period the United States and Japan both ran deﬁcits that averaged between 3 and 4 percent of GNP. 3 compares deﬁcits and growth in the two countries. 3 Comparison of deﬁcits and growth in the United States and Japan (note: Deﬁcits are measured as a percentage of GNP; growth is the annual percent increases in GNP. Source: Deﬁcits 1970–1990, Ito (1992), tables 6–7; 1991–1996, OECD Economic Outlook, December 1997, Annex Table 30.
If all incumbents adopted the same policies, establishing that politicians can affect the economy would be difﬁcult. Two political features, however, appear to lead politicians to vary systematically in their approach to the economy. The ﬁrst is partisanship. Political parties have different reputations and constituencies, which make them prefer different economic outcomes (Hibbs 1977). 2 The second feature is that politicians who believe voters weigh economic conditions just before an election more heavily than conditions early in an incumbent’s term will prefer bad economic news in the beginning rather than at the end of their terms.