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The Size and Scope of Government: Comparative Politics with Rational Politicians

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  • Persson, T.
  • Tabellini, G.

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The authors try to demonstrate how economists may engage in research on comparative politics, relating the size and composition of government spending to the political system.

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Paper provided by Stockholm - International Economic Studies in its series Papers with number 658.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: 1998
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Handle: RePEc:fth:stocin:658

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Keywords: POLITICS ; GOVERNMENT ; INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK ; PUBLIC EXPENDITURES;

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