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The Optimal Number of Governments for Economic Development

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  • Cooter, Robert D.
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    In the private sector, many small firms imply shallow hierarchy and narrow product lines. Similarly, in the public sector many small governments imply shallow hierarchy and narrow governments. This paper explains when replacing broad, deep governments with shallow, narrow governments increases stability and reduces corruption. My general conclusion is that developing nations plagued by instability and corruption probably have too few elections and too few democratic governments.

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    Paper provided by Berkeley Olin Program in Law & Economics in its series Berkeley Olin Program in Law & Economics, Working Paper Series with number qt2sg2h2qx.

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    Date of creation: 29 Mar 1999
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    Handle: RePEc:cdl:oplwec:qt2sg2h2qx

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