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Elections and Government Spending

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  • Payne, James L

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It is widely believed that electoral pressures cause legislators to favor government spending programs. This "electoral theory of spending" is shown to encompass two core hypotheses: (1) the electoral consequences hypothesis, which states that support for spending programs improves the representative's electoral showing; and (2) the legislator insecurity hypothesis, which states that greater electoral insecurity leads representatives to be more in favor of spending programs. A test of these ideas using spending scores for U.S. representatives in 1986 finds that neither hypothesis is supported by the data. Copyright 1991 by Kluwer Academic Publishers

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  • Payne, James L, 1991. "Elections and Government Spending," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 70(1), pages 71-82, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:pubcho:v:70:y:1991:i:1:p:71-82
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    1. Christian Bjørnskov & Axel Dreher & Justina Fischer, 2007. "The bigger the better? Evidence of the effect of government size on life satisfaction around the world," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 130(3), pages 267-292, March.
    2. David Carassus & David Laborde, 2002. "L'Impact Politique De L'Audit De Debut De Mandat : Une Etude Empirique Des Villes De Plus De 20 000 Habitants," Post-Print halshs-00584450, HAL.

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