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2004 - American Political Science Association Pages: 12 pages || Words: 4820 words || 
1. Collins, Brian. "State Administration of Non-Entitlement CDBG Programs: Institutional Choices and Transaction Costs" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Hilton Chicago and the Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL, Sep 02, 2004 <Not Available>. 2019-09-22 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: The main argument of this paper is that variation in state level institutions and local government administrative capacity are key factors in explaining the distribution of non-entitlement Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) in states. More specifically, we argue that local government capacity is positively associated with access to non-entitlement CDBGs, and decentralized state-level allocation institutions enhance access to these intergovernmental block grants as well. This paper provides a comparative institutional analysis of the allocation of non-entitlement Community Development Block Grants across four states: Texas, California, Kentucky, and Utah. We use probit, Poisson, and Tobit models to determine whether access to non-entitlement CDBGs is a function of variance in local government capacity and state-level institutional variation. We find that from 1999-2001, state institutions influence the odds of receiving a grant and the number of grants, but not the funding levels in dollars. These findings raise important questions about whether state administration of the non-entitlement CDBG program prevents local governments most in need of federal assistance from receiving federal assistance.

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