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Is the pendulum swinging back? Policy and politics in the return of big government

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  • Marco MAGNANI

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  • Gilberto SERAVALLI

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    (Department of Economics University of Parma, Italy)

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In the era of «small government», policy was considered the right way to conceive the role of the state in society and in the economy. This was intended as a perspective able to reduce the room for politics, considered a (dangerous) clash of power and party interests, and ideology. Given the current return of «big government», how does one deal with the unavoidable return of politics? In this paper we construct a model showing that politics should be considered purposely in a rational setting, to support effective policy, insofar as the state and its activities need substantial consensus.

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Article provided by Vita e Pensiero, Pubblicazioni dell'Universita' Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in its journal Rivista Internazionale di Scienze Sociali.

Volume (Year): 117 (2009)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 61-84

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Handle: RePEc:vep:journl:y:2009:v:117:i:1:p:61-84

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Keywords: Politics; policy-making; local public goods; redistributive policies; elections;

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