Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2011

Document Type


First Advisor



I propose that provincial and presidential partisanship are responsible for the variation in public health spending among provinces in Argentina. Given Argentina’s decentralized political and fiscal system and institutions, as well as its strong party influence in politics, I hypothesize that there will be a relationship between the political party of the provincial governors, that of the president in power, and corresponding provincial expenditures on publically funded healthcare. I will ultimately show that PJ governorship does not have a significant effect on public health spending, that public health spending is highly political yet there exists no systematic relationship between presidential partisanship and provincial public health spending.