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Temporary grant programmes in Sweden and central government behavoiur
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2007 (English)In: European Journal of Political Economy, ISSN 0176-2680, E-ISSN 1873-5703, Vol. 23, 1160-1174 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this paper is to study whether the central government in Sweden approves applications for temporary grants from municipalities according to political objectives. We also study factors that determine the municipal decision to apply for temporary grants. Two hypotheses are tested, that the central government supports municipalities with many swing voters in order to influence voters, and that the central government provides benefits to groups that share its ideology and that provide political support. Data is used from three election years 1982, 1985, and 1988. Under the Socialist governments municipalities with a high share of Socialist voters were more likely to apply for grants. The same pattern does not apply to the 1982 Conservative government. There is evidence that Socialist governments approved temporary grants on the basis of party tactical criteria. However, there is no indication of vote purchasing behaviour by the 1982 Conservative government.

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Elsevier , 2007. Vol. 23, 1160-1174 p.
Keyword [en]
Temporary grants, Vote purchasing, Swing voter
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-6870DOI: 10.1016/j.ejpoleco.2006.03.005OAI: diva2:146540
Available from: 2007-12-20 Created: 2007-12-20 Last updated: 2011-01-28Bibliographically approved

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