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Bowling Green State University

1. Kuhn, Brian M. The End of the Earmark Era: The New Politicization of Federal Agency Spending.

Degree: MPA, Public Administration, 2017, Bowling Green State University

Political concerns have long played a determinative role in the distributive spending decisions of federal agencies. There exists a robust literature on mechanisms of distributive influence, exercised by both members of congress and the president; each is motivated to secure forms of particularistic spending to gain an electoral advantage. But recent research indicates that the ban on Congressional earmarks has resulted in federal agencies having more control over the allocation of distributive benefits (Mills et al 2015). How has the ban on legislative earmarks shifted the balance of competing influences over the distributive landscape? Using data on federal spending from the Federal Assistance Awards Data System (FAADS), I assess the impact of the earmark ban by examining the relationship between indicators of congressional and executive influence and distributive spending. My findings suggest the ban on congressional earmarks weakens some means of party-centric congressional influence, particularly the distributive advantage enjoyed by the majority, while leaving those of the president unaffected. I also find no relationship between an agency’s level of independence and distributive outcomes as a result of the ban on earmarks. Advisors/Committee Members: Kalaf-Hughes, Nicole (Advisor).

Subjects/Keywords: Public Administration; Political Science; public administration; distributive politics; earmarks; earmarking; distributive spending; FAADS

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APA (6th Edition):

Kuhn, B. M. (2017). The End of the Earmark Era: The New Politicization of Federal Agency Spending. (Masters Thesis). Bowling Green State University. Retrieved from http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=bgsu1510834473511441

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Kuhn, Brian M. “The End of the Earmark Era: The New Politicization of Federal Agency Spending.” 2017. Masters Thesis, Bowling Green State University. Accessed December 14, 2017. http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=bgsu1510834473511441.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Kuhn, Brian M. “The End of the Earmark Era: The New Politicization of Federal Agency Spending.” 2017. Web. 14 Dec 2017.

Vancouver:

Kuhn BM. The End of the Earmark Era: The New Politicization of Federal Agency Spending. [Internet] [Masters thesis]. Bowling Green State University; 2017. [cited 2017 Dec 14]. Available from: http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=bgsu1510834473511441.

Council of Science Editors:

Kuhn BM. The End of the Earmark Era: The New Politicization of Federal Agency Spending. [Masters Thesis]. Bowling Green State University; 2017. Available from: http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=bgsu1510834473511441

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