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Reform Capacity

How institutions shape political decision-making
The project is hosted by Lund University, funded by a Starting Grant from the European Research Council, and runs from 2012 to 2016.

This project examines the effects of political institutions on the ability of political agents to resolve distributional conflicts that might otherwise prevent governments from adopting desirable policies.

The objectives of the project are

to develop a new theoretical analysis of the problem of reform capacity, generating testable propositions about the effects of political institutions on the ability of governments to adopt welfare-increasing policies, especially when such policies are associated with distributional conflicts; 
to collect and analyze cross-country comparative data on policy reforms in selected policy areas; and 
to conduct case studies of decision-making processes in the same policy areas, in order to identify the ways in which institutions influence the reform capacity of governments.

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Department of Political Science
Lund University
Visiting address: Paradisgatan 5H (House: Eden)
Postal address: Box 52, SE-221 00 LUND
Telephone: +46 46-222 89 52

Faculty of Social Sciences