Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 30 May 2020

Abstract and Keywords

Although much of the state and local literature regarding grants is focused on federal aid to state and local governments, much of the action in grants policy and practice is that of state-to-local transfers, which are larger in absolute as well as relative magnitude than federal aid. Moreover, for those who want to know what lessons, if any, the United States has to offer to developing and transitional countries, the practice of “state aid” is relevant. This article identifies the reasons that, for efficiency, a well-designed system of fiscal decentralization will utilize intergovernmental transfers. The discussion begins with details about the vertical imbalance within the aggregate numbers for state-to-local aid. The article then turns its attention to a topic that is perennially at or near the top of nearly every state and local legislative body.

Keywords: local governments, federal aid, intergovernmental grant programs, state-to-local transfers, state aid, fiscal decentralization

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.