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Distributive Politics, Electoral Institutions and European Structural and Investment Funding: Evidence from Italy and France
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economic History.
University of St. Gallen.
University of Konstanz.
(English)In: Journal of Common Market Studies, ISSN 0021-9886, E-ISSN 1468-5965Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Extensive research suggests that political factors bias the domestic allocation of the European Structural and Investment Funds (SIF) in ways that may not be in line with EU goals. This article offers the first systematic and comparative analysis of the role of electoral institutions in shaping county-level allocations of SIF. Drawing on theories of distributive politics and federalism, this article argues that electoral institutions provide politicians in the executive branch of national government with incentives to use at least a part of the SIF to buy votes in NUTS 3-level counties, whereby vote-buying is more common under majority voting than under proportional representation. The results of a statistical analysis of SIF allocations across 202 Italian and French NUTS 3-level counties during 2007–13 confirm this argument. The article concludes by discussing the findings and their implications for future research on EU budgetary implementation and cohesion policy.

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distributive politics;electoral institutions;European Structural and Investment Funds;European Union budget;federalism
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
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Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-132129DOI: 10.1111/jcms.12433OAI: diva2:949043

Earlier versions of this article were presented at the 8th Annual Conference on the Political Economy of International Organizations in Berlin 2014 and the ECPR Annual Conference in Glasgow 2014. We want to express warm thanks to Daniele Caramani and the three anonymous reviewers for helpful comments and suggestions. Lisa Dellmuth wishes to acknowledge the funding of the Early Career Grant by the Regional Studies Association.

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