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Bringing home the bacon: an empirical analysis of the extent and effects of pork-barreling in Australian politics

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  • Andrew Leigh

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Which electorates receive targeted funding, and does targeted funding swing votes? To answer these questions, I analyze four discretionary programs funded by the Australian federal government during the 2001-2004 election cycle. Controlling for relevant demographic characteristics of the electorate, those electorates held by the governing coalition received a larger share of discretionary funding, and a larger number of program grants. Among government seats, funding does not appear to have been directed towards those that were more marginal. More discretionary funding – particularly on road-building – was associated with a larger swing towards the government in the 2004 election.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Public Choice.

Volume (Year): 137 (2008)
Issue (Month): 1 (October)
Pages: 279-299

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Handle: RePEc:kap:pubcho:v:137:y:2008:i:1:p:279-299

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Keywords: Elections; Local expenditure; Voting; Targeted funding; Pork barreling; D72; R58;

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  1. Elinder, Mikael & Jordahl , Henrik & Poutvaara, Panu, 2008. "Selfish and Prospective Theory and Evidence of Pocketbook Voting," Working Paper Series 2008:7, Uppsala University, Department of Economics.
  2. Firpo, Sergio & Ponczek, Vladimir & Sanfelice, Viviane, 2014. "The Relationship between Federal Budget Amendments and Local Electoral Power," IZA Discussion Papers 7918, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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