Dominik Schraff

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    Evidence from France and Italy: Do governments use EU funds to help buy votes in elections?

Evidence from France and Italy: Do governments use EU funds to help buy votes in elections?

Since their creation in 1975, European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) have been increasingly invested in local development projects in the EU. Drawing on figures from France and Italy, Lisa Dellmuth and Dominik Schraff illustrate that at least part of the ESIF is used to help buy political support, but that this appears to be more common in countries […]

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EU funding policies may be undermined by regional authorities using structural fund allocations to win votes at the local level

More than half of the EU budget is dedicated to Structural Funds, which are allocated across EU regions with the aim of promoting economic and social development. Lisa Dellmuth, Michael Stoffel and Dominik Schraff write that the use of decentralised authorities to allocate structural funding can create substantive problems for the EU’s policy goals. They illustrate that the distribution of […]

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