Geographic Distribution of the Federal Stimulus of 2009

Author
James G. Gimpel, Frances E. Lee, Rebecca U. Thorpe
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Political Science Quarterly
Volume
127
Issue Number
4
Publication Date
Winter 2012-2013
Institution
Academy of Political Science
Abstract
JAMES G. GIMPEL, FRANCES E. LEE, and REBECCA U. THORPE investigate why the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 did not always focus additional resources on areas where the recession's downturn was most severe. They examine whether funds were allocated according to pork barrel politics or instead via “policy windows” through which advocates steered a diverse group of programs long desired for reasons unrelated to the recession. They find some support for both theories, but policy window effects were more important than pork barrel politics in accounting for distributional outcomes.
Political Geography
America