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The Determinants of Welfare Budget in Local Government: Political Election and Welfare Budget Change in Municipal Government

  • Korean Society and Public Administration
  • Abbr : KSPA
  • 2013, 24(3), pp.225-251
  • Publisher : Seoul Association For Public Administration
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Administration

Shin, Jung Kwan 1 Lim, Joon Hyoung 2

1서해환경과학연구소
2고려대학교

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ABSTRACT

This research explores the factors that explain budget allocation for welfare services in municipal government around a political election period. Drawing insights from the relevant literature, an analytical framework is constructed to identify the predictors of local welfare budget allocation and change, including socioeconomic factors, the size of policy target groups, and political factors. Data were collected from the national database on local government affairs, which is provided by the Korean Statistical Information Service. Findings from the regression analysis suggest that the budget allocation for welfare services in municipal government is significantly influenced by the type of government and its financial capability, local governors’ ideological inclination, the level of political support from the local constituency, and the competition between governors and councils. Increases in welfare budget are also found to be facilitated by the financial capability of municipal governments and competition between political parties in local councils.

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