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Author Nicholson-Crotty, Sean, author

Title Governors, grants, and elections : fiscal federalism in the American states / Sean Nicholson-Crotty
Published Baltimore, Maryland : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 185 pages) : illustrations
Series Johns Hopkins studies in American public policy and management
Johns Hopkins studies in American public policy and management.
Contents A political theory of fiscal federalism in the states -- The strategic pursuit of federal grants -- The strategic expenditure of federal grants -- Grants and the electoral connection
Summary "Each year, states receive hundreds of billions of dollars in grants-in-aid from the federal government. Gubernatorial success is often contingent upon the pursuit and allocation of these grants. In Governors, Grants, and Elections, Sean Nicholson-Crotty reveals the truth about how U.S. governors strategically utilize these funds. Far from spending federal money in apolitical ways, they usually pursue their own policy interests in the hopes of maximizing their or their party's electoral success. Nicholson-Crotty analyzes three decades of data on the receipt and expenditure of grants in all fifty states. He also draws compelling evidence from governors' public speeches and interviews with state officials. Ultimately, he demonstrates that incumbent governors' use of grants to deliver policies desired by core constituents--along with their opportunistic funding of public and private goods that appeal to noncore median voters--enables them to increase approval, legislative success, and, ultimately, vote share for themselves or their parties. The inaugural book in the Johns Hopkins Studies in American Public Policy and Management series, Governors, Grants, and Elections is a significant and accessible work of public policy scholarship that sits at the nexus of multiple fields within political science."--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 159-179) and index
Notes Online resource; title from e-book title screen (EbscoHost platform, viewed June 21, 2016)
Subject Federal government -- United States.
Grants-in-aid -- United States.
Intergovernmental fiscal relations -- United States.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1421417715 (electronic bk)
9781421417714 (electronic bk)