Distributive politics and intergovernmental transfers: The local allocation of European Union structural funds

Dellmuth, Lisa Maria ; Stoffel, Michael F.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1465116512440511
URL: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1465116512...
Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2012
The title of a journal, publication series: European Union Politics : EUP
Volume: 13
Issue number: 3
Page range: 413-433
Place of publication: London
Publishing house: Sage
ISSN: 1465-1165 , 1741-2757
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department B
Subject: 320 Political science
Abstract: The European Union budget is distributed primarily in the form of intergovernmental grants to sub-state governments, which invest the grants in local projects. Transfers are allocated under the auspices of the European structural funds. This article assesses the causal links between electoral incentives on the recipient side, European funding goals, and local grant allocation. Tobit regressions of the allocation patterns in 419 local districts in Germany for the period 2000–6 suggest the following: although recipient sub-state governments enjoy substantial discretion in selecting projects, their distributive choices are largely in accord with European goals. As theoretically predicted, however, there is robust evidence that sub-state governments’ electoral concerns distort the local allocation of structural funds.

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