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Political competition and pork-barrel politics in the allocation of public investment in Mexico

Costa-i-Font, Joan, Rodriguez-Oreggia, Eduardo and Lunapla, Dario (2003) Political competition and pork-barrel politics in the allocation of public investment in Mexico. Public Choice, 116 (1-2). pp. 185-204. ISSN 0048-5829

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Abstract

This paper examines theeffect of political competition in localelections in regional allocation of publicinvestment. The study employs data onMexican elections covering the period 1990–95, characterisedby an increase in electoral competition and coupled withincreasing demands for decentralisationthroughout the states. Empirical evidencesupports the hypothesis that regionalallocation of public investment by centralgovernment was driven by `politicalopportunism'' and `local pork-barrelpolitics''. A positive relationship wasfound between the regional allocation ofpublic investment and support for thecentral ruling party. This might indicatethat local spending inefficiencies werepartially explained by the specific supportfor the incumbent party.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.springer.com/economics/public+finance/j...
Additional Information: © 2003 Springer
Library of Congress subject classification: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Departments > European Institute
Research centres and groups > LSE Health
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2008 08:28
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/19936/

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