CENTRAL GRANTS AND LOCAL POLICY VARIATION

GEORGE A. BOYNE*

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Abstract

This paper estimates the impact of central grants on local spending decisions in England in the 19%. The analysis is based on a more explicit conceptual framework and a more appropriate methodology than conventionally used to measure grant effects in ‘output’ studies' of local policy variation. A set of six hypotheses is derived from political and economic theories of grant impact. The relationship between grants and expenditure change is estimated through a TSLS (Two Stage Least Squares) regression model. The main empirical results are that grants are an important constraint on spending decisions and that different types of grants have different effects: lump sum grants are substitutive and matching grants are stimulative. The evidence also indicates that spending is influenced by party politics, service needs and the local tax base.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-233
Number of pages27
JournalPublic Administration
Volume68
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1990

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