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Journal Article


Urban Studies, SAGE Publications, Volume 38, Number 13, p.2379–2391 (2001)


We extend the literature on local expenditure determination by showing that bargaining and grand coalition seem to facilitate collective decision-making in an assembly of elected councillors. We demonstrate that the solution of the game turns on the principle of equal relative concession. Based on limited experimentation, we assess the performance of local governments and find that group dominance frustrates local expenditure efficiency in urban localities of India.

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P. Gangopadhyay and NATH, S. H. Y. A. M., “Bargaining, coalitions and local expenditure”, Urban Studies, vol. 38, pp. 2379–2391, 2001.