How could the results of the municipal elections of May 2015 affect the production of public goods of a preferential nature in the region of La Hoya de Buñol-Chiva?

Abstract

The severe crisis that has hit Spain since 2008 has led to a string of cuts, especially in spending and consumption of certain public goods. This phenomenon became particularly evident from 2010 onwards, when a policy of fiscal consolidation was implemented. The overall contraction of public spending in the context of local government continued until 2013. Spending on culture has traditionally been one of the most resilient to the economic cycle. Through this small-scale study, we try to check whether it has indeed been affected by changes in local governments during each of the chosen periods. On the other hand, some authors argue that, given the redistributive nature of culture, left-wing governments are expected to spend more on culture than right-wing governments. (Benito et al. 2013). It is quite evident that the size of the cultural budget at the local level has a clear ideological bias. Few understand culture as a public good; the ideology of the ruling party will determine the proportion of resources allocated to its provision. In the Valencian Community, after a long period of right-wing hegemony, the local and regional elections of May 2015 brought about a 180-degree change in many of the regions. With this observation as a starting point, this paper attempts to estimate the effects that this change may have on the volume of public spending on culture in the region of La Hoya de Buñol-Chiva. Through this study, we will try to establish whether the final figures of expenditure and investment patterns at local and county level will change significantly in terms of priority public goods (culture).

Journal Article Data de publicació 2017 Journal REVISTA DE ESTUDIOS COMARCALES. HOYA DE BUÑOL-CHIVA Issue 11 Pages 37-45