By John M. Quigley
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During this period the number of counties declined from 3050 to 3049. The number of school districts also decreased, but of course school spending and the number of school employees increased dramatically. 14. S. Conference of Mayors, and the International City Management Association. For an interesting discussion of the intergovernmental lobby and federal grants policy, see Beer (1976). 15. For a theoretical model of why a diffuse, locally directed political body will produce a diffuse and locally directed set of public policies, see Shepsle and Weingast (1981) and Weingast, Shepsle, and Johnsen (1981).
Both studies conclude that low-income support from the food stamp program will also be significantly reduced. They find that state officials seem to behave as if food stamp benefits do not exist; in other words, it is a federal program and provides no direct political benefit to state politicians. A program thus ignored in the past will probably be supported only marginally under reform. The net effect of the new federalism's food-stamp transfer will be to reduce this form of assistance drastically, if not totally.
Once the federal categorical matching aid, a strong incentive for high benefits, is removed, interstate fiscal competition dominates the allocation process, and AFDC spending is likely to fall dramatically. Both studies conclude that low-income support from the food stamp program will also be significantly reduced. They find that state officials seem to behave as if food stamp benefits do not exist; in other words, it is a federal program and provides no direct political benefit to state politicians.
American Domestic Priorities: An Economic Appraisal by John M. Quigley