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Urban social sustainability themes and assessment methods

By Andrea Colantonio

Abstract

This paper studies the determinants of MPs' expense claims and of their attendance at Parliamentary meetings. Using a multiple regression framework, we correlate the expenses with three sets of variables: constituency characteristics, political variables, and individual characteristics. We then look at the ratio of parliamentary expenses claimed to votes cast in Parliament as a crude measure of value for money. This take on the data provides a somewhat benign view of the usage of expense claims. We use the results to reflect on two views of the motivation of MPs-the public choice view and the public service view

Topics: GE Environmental Sciences, HT Communities. Classes. Races, JS Local government Municipal government
Publisher: ICE Publishing Company
Year: 2010
DOI identifier: 10.1680/udap.2010.163.2.79
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lse.ac.uk:33568
Provided by: LSE Research Online
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