Andy Oram

You’re right–the disparity between US and EU gets bigger and bigger as you shave the data closer. I don’t want to share parts of my article yet because my contact is reviewing it for accuracy, but I can say that he chose to examine city/municipal expenditures because he finds the scope of their work more consistent than what different national governments do. I think American states differ a lot too, and probably what they do could be considered more like national expenditures than municipal expenditures.