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Distributive politics of public goods networks through multistage voting

Kengo Kurosaka

Journal of Public Economic Theory, 2020, vol. 22, issue 1, 146-169

Abstract: Public goods networks create conflict between districts needing the network and districts that pay the costs. Thus, it is difficult for pork barrel politicians to achieve logrolling with other districts. I show that logrolling is possible for such politicians if they set their agenda properly. To show this, I model the centralized decision‐making process as a multistage vote among representatives from different districts. I assume the districts are better off if and only if the public good “connects” them to the network. Public goods can be provided universally by setting the agenda properly, even when costs exceed the benefits.

Date: 2020
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