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Building consensus: shifting strategies in the territorial targeting of Turkey's public transport investment

Luca, Davide and Rodríguez-Pose, Andrés ORCID: 0000-0002-8041-0856 (2019) Building consensus: shifting strategies in the territorial targeting of Turkey's public transport investment. Regional Studies, 53 (11). pp. 1591-1602. ISSN 0034-3404

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Identification Number: 10.1080/00343404.2019.1594750


A growing amount of research explores how the allocation of regional development monies follows electoral reasons. Yet, the existing literature on distributive politics provides different and contrasting expectations on which geographical areas will be targeted. The paper focuses on proportional representation (PR) systems. While in such settings governments have incentives to target core districts and punish foes, it is suggested that when incumbents attempt to build a state–party image they may broaden the territorial allocation of benefits and even target opposition out-groups. The paper exploits data on Turkey's public transport investment for the period 2003–14 and in-depth interviews to provide results in support of the hypothesis.

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Additional Information: © 2019 Regional Studies Association
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
JEL classification: D - Microeconomics > D7 - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making > D72 - Economic Models of Political Processes: Rent-Seeking, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
H - Public Economics > H7 - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations > H70 - General
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O1 - Economic Development > O18 - Regional, Urban, and Rural Analyses
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2019 00:13
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2024 05:48

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