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The Growth of the Public Sector

Theories and International Evidence

Edited by Norman Gemmell
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Published: 9th Mar 1993
Dimensions: w 234mm h 156mm
Weight: 606g
ISBN-10: 185278525X
ISBN-13: 9781852785253
Barcode No: 9781852785253
Synopsis
At a time when there is growing concern in many countries over the funding of expanding public sectors, this important new book brings together leading specialists in public finance to re-examine the economics of public sector growth. Several chapters document changes in the size of the public sector over recent decades for major OECD and Third World economies. Subsequent chapters then explore prominent explanations including public choice perspectives, bureaucracy models, relative price effects and Wagner's Law, and assess their contribution to current knowledge. The book also provides a number of new case studies of specific government activities - education, health and social security.

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'... provides a useful and readable overview of developments in this area ...' -- Peter Else, The Economic Journal 'One leaves this volume with a better understanding of the multifaceted nature of public sector growth'. -- David Schap, The Southern Economic Journal 'This important collection offers new insights into the growth of the public sector (especially changes in public expenditure) that has fascinated economists from the time of Adam Smith.' -- Abstracts of Public Administration, Development and Environment 'Those working with the development of the public sector should certainly add the book to their library...' -- Martin Paldam, The World Economy