Congressional committees and the inter-state distribution of military spending

R. J. Johnston*

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The state is a major actor in modern capitalist economies, so that analysis of spatial patterns of economic and social well-being requires understanding of the political decision-making processes. One of these processes very relevant to spatial patterns of economic activity is pork barrel politics, and its operation is studied here with regard to the expenditure of $64,678 million (6% of GNP) by the Department of Defense in 1972. The analyses indicate pork barrel effects for all items of Defense expenditure except one, involving committees and subcommittees of both Houses of Congress. Statistical testing suggests that these effects are not very strong, however; arguments are developed to account for this finding.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-162
Number of pages12
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1979


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