Title: Pork Barrel Politics in Postwar Italy, 1953-1994
Authors: GOLDEN MiriamPICCI Lucio
Citation: AMERICAN JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE vol. 52 no. 2 p. 268-289
Publication Year: 2008
JRC N°: JRC49817
ISSN: 0092-5853
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC49817
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: This article analyzes the political determinants of the distribution of infrastructure expenditures by the Italian government to the country¿s 92 provinces between 1953 and 1994. Extending implications of theories of legislative behavior to the context of open-list proportional representation, we examine whether individually powerful legislators and ruling parties direct spending to core or marginal electoral districts and whether opposition parties share resources via a norm of universalism. We show thatwhen districts elect politically more powerful deputies fromthe governing parties, they receive more investments. We interpret this as indicating that legislators with political resources reward their core voters by investing in public works in their districts. The governing parties, by contrast, are not able to discipline their own members of parliament sufficiently to target the parties¿ areas of core electoral strength. Finally, we find no evidence that a norm of universalism operates to steer resources to areas when the main opposition party gains more votes.
JRC Directorate:Growth and Innovation

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