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Competitive Governments

Competitive Governments
An Economic Theory of Politics and Public Finance


  • Date Published: December 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521646284

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  • Competitive Governments, explores in a systematic way the hypothesis that governments are internally competitive, that they are competitive in their relations with each other and in their relations with other institutions in society which, like them, supply consuming households with goods and services. Breton contends that competition not only serves to bring the political system to an equilibrium, but it also leads to a revelation of the households' true demand functions for publicly provided goods and services and to the molding of a link between the quantities and the qualities demanded and supplied and the tax prices paid for these goods and services. In the real world where information is costly, the links may not be first-best, but they will be efficient if competition is vigorous.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 1998
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521646284
    • length: 404 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Compound Governments:
    1. The conceptual framework
    2. Demand and its revelation
    3. Checks and balances
    4. Budgetary processes
    5. Consent, suffrage, and support
    6. Hierarchy and bureaucracy
    Part II. Governmental Systems:
    7. A retrospective overview
    8. The organization of governmental systems
    9. Competition, stability, and central governments
    10. The world order
    Part III. Socio-Political Structures:
    11. The size of the nonmarket sector
    12. The growth of governments
    Appendices: A. Long-term budget deficits
    B. The power of 'small' groups
    C. The independence of judiciaries
    D. Information and pressure
    R. An empirical Wicksellian connection?
    F. Overlap and duplication
    G. Structure and stability of federal states
    Name index
    Subject index.

  • Author

    Albert Breton, University of Toronto

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