A draft for my doctoral dissertation is downloadable by clicking  HERE

In my dissertation, I ask why redistributive conflicts are high among economically disparate regions, and how these conflicts shape the way tax-funded public money is spent across different public programs. I answer these questions in three steps: 1) civic preferences for redistribution are formed locally, depending on the geographic regions where the people live; 2) in a decentralized nation with economically disparate regions, this geographic pattern escalates regional conflicts over redistributive policies broadly consumed by the entire society, such as public education spending; 3) policy compromise under conditions of inter-regional redistributive conflicts may result in redistributive policies that are more targeted towards benefits for specific individuals across the country, such as social welfare.