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On the Vote Purchasing Behavior of Incumbent Governments
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Housing and Urban Research.
Uppsala University, Units outside the University, Office of Labour Market Policy Evaluation.
2002 (English)In: American Political Science Review, ISSN 0003-0554, E-ISSN 1537-5943, Vol. 96, no 1, p. 27-40Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper we investigate whether there are any tactical motives behind the distribution of grants from central to lower level governments. We use a temporary grant program that is uniquely suitable for testing theories of vote-purchasing behavior of incumbent governments. The temporary grant program differs from traditional intergovernmental grants in several aspects, most importantly in the sovereign decision making power given to the incumbent central government. We find support for the hypothesis that the incumbent government used the grant program under study in order to win votes. In particular, we find strong support for the Lindbeck-Weibull/Dixit-Londregan model in which parties distribute transfers to regions where there are many swing voters. This result is statistically as well as economically significant. We do however not find any support for the model that predicts that the incumbent government transfers money to its own supporters.

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Cambridge , 2002. Vol. 96, no 1, p. 27-40
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Economics Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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Economics; Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-88791OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-88791DiVA, id: diva2:159090
Available from: 2009-02-09 Created: 2009-02-06 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved

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