Pork barrel is the appropriation of government spending for localized projects that are secured primarily to bring money to a representative's district. The usage originated in American English. It was a reference to the custom of slave owners giving a gift of Salt pork in a barrel to their slaves. In election campaigns, the term is used in a negative way to attack opponents. However, scholars use it as a technical term regarding legislative control of local appropriations.
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- Tom Wakeford; Jasber Singh, "Towards Empowered Participation: Stories and Reflections" (London; International Institute for Environment and Development, 2008), p. 50, n. 2
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