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The Bidding Game: Competitive Funding Regimes and the Political Targeting of Urban Programme Schemes

John, Peter; Ward, Hugh; Dowding, Keith

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Public bodies adopt procedures for the competitive bidding for funds in the belief that they improve public welfare, while critics regard such practices as a waste of resources and open to political manipulation. We test the operation of a competitive bidding regime through Tobit models of data drawn from successful and unsuccessful bids in four years of the Single Regeneration Budget programme in England. We derive hypotheses from a model of competitive bidding, the official evaluation of the...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorJohn, Peter
dc.contributor.authorWard, Hugh
dc.contributor.authorDowding, Keith
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-07T22:23:28Z
dc.identifier.issn0007-1234
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/20712
dc.description.abstractPublic bodies adopt procedures for the competitive bidding for funds in the belief that they improve public welfare, while critics regard such practices as a waste of resources and open to political manipulation. We test the operation of a competitive bidding regime through Tobit models of data drawn from successful and unsuccessful bids in four years of the Single Regeneration Budget programme in England. We derive hypotheses from a model of competitive bidding, the official evaluation of the programme and the pork-barrel literature. Our data and statistical models show that successive rounds did not greatly improve the quality of the bids, did not systematically reward needy communities and diverted resources to ministers' parliamentary seats in some regions.
dc.publisherCambridge University Press
dc.sourceBritish Journal of Political Science
dc.titleThe Bidding Game: Competitive Funding Regimes and the Political Targeting of Urban Programme Schemes
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume34
dc.date.issued2004
local.identifier.absfor160510 - Public Policy
local.identifier.absfor160603 - Comparative Government and Politics
local.identifier.ariespublicationU8704722xPUB13
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationJohn, Peter, University of Manchester
local.contributor.affiliationWard, Hugh, University of Essex
local.contributor.affiliationDowding, Keith, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue3
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage405
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage428
local.identifier.doi10.1017/S0007123404000110
dc.date.updated2015-12-07T09:17:33Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-3042698341
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