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Culture and the Municipality - A Love Story?: Exploring what determines cultural spending decisions
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Economics.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Economics.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper examines possible determinants of per capita local government spending on culture and the arts in Sweden within the median voter framework. Here, our analysis is based on a cross-sectional data set consisting of all 290 Swedish municipalities in the year of 2016. The results obtained through OLS regression show that the variables Left-wing Parties, Education, as well as Senior citizens affect cultural spending decisions made by the municipalities positively, while the variable Median Income has a negative impact. Here, the share of mandates held by left-wing parties is found to stand out, as political orientation towards the left relates to a higher level of cultural spending, whereas the remaining three display rather small effects. Thereby, we conclude that the main reasoning behind cultural spending depends on the ideology of the political leaders, the median voter’s preference, whereby the aspect of a municipality’s location may be explored further.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-149696OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-149696DiVA, id: diva2:1223861
Available from: 2018-06-26 Created: 2018-06-26 Last updated: 2018-06-26Bibliographically approved

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