Pork Barrel Politics

Diana Evans

in The Oxford Handbook of the American Congress

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199559947
Published online May 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of American Politics

 Pork Barrel Politics

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This article discusses pork barrel politics which is an integral part of congressional political life and the legislative process. The first two sections of the article discuss pork barrel benefits and their connection to the reelection goal of the legislators. The second section looks at research and the literature on the patterns by which pork barrel benefits are awarded by Congress. Central to this discussion are the individual-benefit and collective-benefit motivations for supplying pork barrel benefits. The remainder of the section discusses scholarship on the strategies for pork barrel allocation and evaluates the contribution of research on the understanding of pork barrel politics.

Keywords: pork barrel politics; pork barrel benefits; individual-benefit motivations; collective-benefit motivations; pork barrel; politics; pork barrel allocation

Article.  11976 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; US Politics ; Political Institutions

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