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Distributive politics inside the city?: The political economy of Spain's Plan E
London Sch Econ & Polit Sci, Dept Geog & Environm, Houghton St, London WC2A 2AE, England.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2019 (English)In: Regional Science and Urban Economics, ISSN 0166-0462, E-ISSN 1879-2308, Vol. 75, p. 85-106Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We study distributive politics inside cities by analysing how local governments allocate investment projects to voters across neighbourhoods. In particular, we ask whether politicians use investment to target their own supporters. To this aim, we use detailed geo-located investment data from Plan E, a large fiscal stimulus program carried out in Spain in 2009-2011. Our main empirical strategy is based on a close-elections regression discontinuity design. In contrast to previous studies which use aggregate data at the district or municipal level we exploit spatial variation in both investment and voter support within municipalities and find no evidence of supporter targeting. Complementary results indicate that voters may be responding to investment by increasing turnout.

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Elsevier, 2019. Vol. 75, p. 85-106
Keywords [en]
Political economy, Distributive politics, Partisan alignment, Local governments
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-382465DOI: 10.1016/j.regsciurbeco.2019.02.002ISI: 000463311900006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-382465DiVA, id: diva2:1313233
Available from: 2019-05-02 Created: 2019-05-02 Last updated: 2019-05-02Bibliographically approved

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