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Analysis Of The Decentralization Of Public Spending In Spain

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This paper studies the decentralization process of public spending in Spain, which has been one of the main landmarks in recent years, and not only in Spain but also in many different countries. The classical assumption to speak about this kind of processes is the theory of fiscal federalism. However, nowadays this theory is considered more as a set of general "guidelines" than a practical rule of application. To undertake this study the article proposes a new method to describe the outcomes of the decentralization process through the functional classification of spending. The analysis of the data in each level of government -central, regional and local- is made in order to justify the process. So far, mainly political motives have justified the transference of competencies from the central to the regional and local governments in Spain. The fiscal federalism theory can enlighten our analysis from a theoretical point of view

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  • Molero, Juan Carlos, 2001. "Analysis Of The Decentralization Of Public Spending In Spain," MPRA Paper 8056, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    1. Benno Torgler & Friedrich Schneider, 2005. "What Shapes the Attitudes Towards Paying Taxes? Evidence from Switzerland, Belgium and Spain," CREMA Working Paper Series 2005-06, Center for Research in Economics, Management and the Arts (CREMA).
    2. Izabela Karpowicz, 2012. "Narrowing Vertical Fiscal Imbalances in Four European Countries," IMF Working Papers 12/91, International Monetary Fund.
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    8. Piecuch, Jakub, 2007. "Two decades in the European Union - economic success of Spanish regions," MPRA Paper 70665, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 2007.
    9. Benno Torgler & Friedrich Schneider, 2004. "Does Culture Influence Tax Morale? Evidence from Different European Countries," CREMA Working Paper Series 2004-17, Center for Research in Economics, Management and the Arts (CREMA).
    10. Piecuch, Jakub, 2006. "Regional Decentralization in Spain: a Way to Increase Dynamics of Economic Growth," MPRA Paper 72259, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 2006.
    11. Molero, Juan Carlos, 2002. "Gasto Público y Federalismo Fiscal en España. Período 1984-1998
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      ," MPRA Paper 8098, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Keywords

    Decentralization in Spain; public spending; fiscal federalism theory;

    JEL classification:

    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy
    • H70 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - General

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