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Jurisdiction Size, Political Participation, and the Allocation of Resources


  • Borck, Rainald


This paper analyzes the effect of population size on political participation and allocative efficiency. Increasing population is generally found to reduce political participation. However, since participation is not evenly spread throughout the population, this will have consequences for allocation. Namely, we argue that increasing population size shifts power to the rich. We discuss the consequences for the optimal size of jurisdictions, the size of government, and the measurement of publicness. Copyright 2002 by Kluwer Academic Publishers

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  • Borck, Rainald, 2002. "Jurisdiction Size, Political Participation, and the Allocation of Resources," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 113(3-4), pages 251-263, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:pubcho:v:113:y:2002:i:3-4:p:251-63

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    1. Bac, Mehmet, 1996. "Corruption and Supervision Costs in Hierarchies," Journal of Comparative Economics, Elsevier, vol. 22(2), pages 99-118, April.
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    1. Rainald Borck, 2007. "Voting, Inequality And Redistribution," Journal of Economic Surveys, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 21(1), pages 90-109, February.
    2. Jean-Michel Josselin & Yvon Rocaboy & Christophe Tavéra, 2009. "The influence of population size on the relevance of demand or supply models for local public goods: Evidence from France," Papers in Regional Science, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 88(3), pages 563-574, August.
    3. Benoît Le Maux, 2009. "Governmental behavior in representative democracy: a synthesis of the theoretical literature," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 141(3), pages 447-465, December.

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