Replication data for: The Cabals of a Few or the Confusion of a Multitude: The Institutional Trade-Off between Representation and Governance

Maxim Sinitsyn, Justin Phillips & Leah Brooks
Our model illustrates how political institutions trade off between the competing goals of representation and governance, where governance is the responsiveness of an institution to a single pivotal voter. We use exogenous variation from the 30-year history of the federal Community Development Block Grant program to identify this trade-off. Cities with more representative governments—those with larger city councils—use more grant funds to supplement city revenues rather than implementing tax cuts, thereby moving policy further away...
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