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Spending to win: political Institutions, economic geography, and government subsidies

Rickard, Stephanie ORCID: 0000-0001-7886-9513 (2018) Spending to win: political Institutions, economic geography, and government subsidies. Political economy of institutions and decisions. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9781108422321

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Identification Number: 10.1017/9781108381475


Governments in some democracies target economic policies, like industrial subsidies, to small groups at the expense of many. Why do some governments redistribute more narrowly than others? Their willingness to selectively target economic benefits, like subsidies to businesses, depends on the way politicians are elected and the geographic distribution of economic activities. Based on interviews with government ministers and bureaucrats, as well as parliamentary records, industry publications, local media coverage, and new quantitative data, Spending to Win: Political Institutions, Economic Geography, and Government Subsidies demonstrates that government policy-making can be explained by the combination of electoral institutions and economic geography. Specifically, it shows how institutions interact with economic geography to influence countries' economic policies and international economic relations. Identical institutions have wide-ranging effects depending on the context in which they operate. No single institution is a panacea for issues, such as income inequality, international economic conflict, or minority representation.

Item Type: Book
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Additional Information: © 2018 Cambridge University Press
Divisions: Government
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2019 15:24
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2023 06:24

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