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Political Fragmentation And External Sources Of Funding In Local Governments. Do Power Struggles Matter?


  • Maciej Turala

    (University of Lodz, Poland)

  • Justyna Danielewicz

    (University of Lodz, Poland)


The rationale for taking up the notion of political fragmentation in connection with local governments’ capacity to secure external sources of funding comes about from the fact that local governments continuously face shortages of funding. Their socio-economic development thus depends on their capacity to secure external funding. There are significant differences between localities in terms of fund-rising effectiveness. The aim of this paper is to analyse the role which political fragmentation in local government councils plays in that respect. Hypothesis tested in the paper is that “political fragmentation is negatively correlated with local governments’ capacity for absorbing external funding, in particular EU funds”. The research focuses on relating data on EU funding obtained by Polish municipalities to the level of political fragmentation in communal councils. Analysed data for absorption of EU funding covers the period between 2006 and 2011. Election results for two terms of office are also used.

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  • Maciej Turala & Justyna Danielewicz, 2013. "Political Fragmentation And External Sources Of Funding In Local Governments. Do Power Struggles Matter?," Romanian Journal of Regional Science, Romanian Regional Science Association, vol. 7(1), pages 69-80, JUNE.
  • Handle: RePEc:rrs:journl:v:7:y:2013:i:1:p:69-80

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    1. Benoît Maux & Yvon Rocaboy & Timothy Goodspeed, 2011. "Political fragmentation, party ideology and public expenditures," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 147(1), pages 43-67, April.
    2. John Ashworth & Bruno Heyndels, 2005. "Government Fragmentation And Budgetary Policy In "Good" And "Bad" Times In Flemish Municipalities," Economics and Politics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 17, pages 245-263, July.
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    political fragmentation; EU funds; local development. Journal: Romanian Journal of Regional Science;

    JEL classification:

    • H27 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Other Sources of Revenue
    • H72 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Budget and Expenditures
    • H73 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - Interjurisdictional Differentials and Their Effects
    • R51 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Finance in Urban and Rural Economies


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