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Borge, L and Hopland, A O (2023) Fiscal and political determinants of local government maintenance. Building Research & Information, 51(08), 937–48.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: Maintenance spending; fiscal capacity; political fragmentation; myopic behaviour;
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0961-3218
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/09613218.2023.2206089
  • Abstract:
    Taking advantage of a novel data set on maintenance in Norwegian local governments, a comparison was made between norms for good maintenance and actual maintenance spending. Although a sizeable minority complies with the norm, the average maintenance spending is well below the norm. A theoretical model is developed to guide the empirical analysis of the determinants of maintenance. It emphasizes the roles of fiscal capacity, fiscal distress, and political fragmentation. The empirical analysis reveals that high fiscal capacity (measured by local government revenue) and little fiscal distress (measured by rainy-day funds) are associated with a high priority of maintenance spending. However, political fragmentation that reflects myopic behaviour is associated with low maintenance priorities. The results are robust and become stronger when outliers and small local governments are omitted.

Kalantari, S, Cruz-Garza, J, Xu, T B, Mostafavi, A and Gao, E (2023) Store layout design and consumer response: a behavioural and EEG study. Building Research & Information, 51(08), 897–914.

Li, S and Liu, M (2023) Reasonable kitchen space for urban residences: based on an investigation in Beijing. Building Research & Information, 51(08), 881–96.

Matos, R, Rodrigues, H, Costa, A, Requejo, C and Rodrigues, F (2023) Facility manager perspectives on building condition assessment for Portuguese higher education institutions. Building Research & Information, 51(08), 949–64.

Mergel, C, Decker, T and Menrad, K (2023) Affinity towards flexible housing – a study among homeowners in Germany. Building Research & Information, 51(08), 871–80.

Troje, D (2023) Path dependencies and sustainable facilities management: a study of housing companies in Sweden. Building Research & Information, 51(08), 965–78.

Yuan, X, Pan, H and Fu, B (2023) Models and analysis of stadium and commercial space integration: a case study from China. Building Research & Information, 51(08), 915–36.