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The negligible impact of specific purpose payments and Australia's "New Federalism"

Noon, Adrian Kenneth


The operational key to intergovernmental relations in Australia's federal system of governance is the nature of the financial relations between the different levels of government. Integral to these relations are Specific Purpose Payments (SPPs) transfers. This paper argues that, in most cases, SPPs have similar effects on the pattern of expenditure by States and Territories as have unconditional Financial Assistance Grants. The theory of intergovernmental grants suggests that tied grants...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Crawford School of Public Policy
Date published: 1991-07
Type: Working/Technical Paper
Access Rights: Open Access


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