Pierre Salmon: Yardstick Competition among Governments: Accountability and Policymaking when Citizens Look Across Borders
Although we live in an increasingly interdependent world, where access to policy relevant evidence on almost anything imaginable is available in a short period of time, political yardstick competition—where voters make comparisons across jurisdictions and evaluate their own government—is a topic that has received limited critical attention in the literature. Pierre Salmon’s, Yardstick Competition Among Governments,seeks to fill this gap by evaluating the literature spanning several decades while exploring differences between yardstick competition and other forms of policy interdependence, such as policy learning and diffusion, and cross-jurisdictional mobility. The central purpose of the book is to explain when yardstick competition is likely to take place and, when it gives rise to desirable effects on efficiency and welfare. Salmon argues that yardstick competition takes place when downward accountability (to citizens, as opposed to upward accountability to elites) prevails. That...
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