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Intergovernmental Grants as a Tactical Instrument: Some Empirical Evidence from Swedish Municipalities

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  • Johansson, Eva

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Are grants to Swedish municipalities tactical? In this essay, I derive testable implications from a theoretical voting model and test these on a panel of 255 Swedish municipalities, 1981 - 1995. In order to decide which regions that are politically powerful, both election results, and survey data from the Swedish election studies are used. The results, although somewhat ambiguous, support the hypothesis that intergovernmental grants are used in order to win votes.

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Paper provided by Uppsala University, Department of Economics in its series Working Paper Series with number 1999:10.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: 15 Jun 1999
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Public Economics, 2003, pages 883-914.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:uunewp:1999_010

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Keywords: Political economy; tactical redistribution; intergovernmental grants;

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