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Liberals, socialists, and pork-barrel politics in Greece

Rodríguez-Pose, Andrés and Psycharis, Yiannis and Tselios, Vassilis (2016) Liberals, socialists, and pork-barrel politics in Greece. Environment and Planning A, 48 (8). pp. 1473-1492. ISSN 0308-518X

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0308518X16646372

Abstract

This paper analyses the role of pork-barrel politics in the allocation of public investment expenditures in Greece. It proposes a model which explicitly relates the allocation of public investment to electoral results using a unique dataset covering the period from the restoration of democracy in 1974 until 2009, just before the Great Recession that radically transformed the political panorama of the country. The analysis includes 10 legislative periods marked by governments of the two parties that dominated the political arena in Greece: the Liberal and the Socialist Party. The results show that Socialist and re-elected governments applied more expansionary fiscal policies relative to Liberals. The two main parties also used different tactics when it came to pork-barrelling: while the Socialists when in government rewarded/groomed their electoral fiefs, the Libe

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://epn.sagepub.com/
Additional Information: © 2016 The Authors
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2016 13:50
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2017 11:57
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/67541

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