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The Barnett allocation mechanism : formula plus influence

Christie, Alex and Swales, J. Kim (2010) The Barnett allocation mechanism : formula plus influence. Regional Studies, 44 (6). pp. 761-775. ISSN 0034-3404

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Abstract

This paper seeks to explain why the operation of the Barnett formula has failed to generate convergence in the per capita public expenditure levels in the four countries of the United Kingdom. Using Scotland as an example, this paper argues that a 'formula plus influence' allocation mechanism has been in place. This offers improved flexibility, greater political integration, and increased information flows than would be available through either a straight bargaining or a formula process. While devolution has not changed the Barnett formula, it has altered the environment in which it operates and that this may well destabilize an otherwise secure system.

Item type: Article
ID code: 15528
Keywords: Barnett allocation mechanism, Barnett formula, Economic Theory, Environmental Science(all), Social Sciences(all)
Subjects: Social Sciences > Economic Theory
Department: Strathclyde Business School > Economics
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    Depositing user: Mrs Kirsty Fontanella
    Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2010 17:54
    Last modified: 04 Sep 2014 23:10
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/15528

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