The geography of federal allocations in the United States preliminary tests of some hypotheses for political geography

R. J. Johnston*

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Governments are among the largest spenders in most countries, and their spatial allocation policies have considerable impact on variation in levels of well-being. In a preliminary attempt to develop a theory to account for the geography of government spending, this note uses electoral variables to estimate interstate variations in federal allocations to states within the U.S.A., based on a model of the politician as a vote-plurality maximizer. Results of the preliminary tests are encouraging and suggest lines for further investigation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)319-326
Number of pages8
Issue number5-6
Publication statusPublished - 1977


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