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How powerful are public bureaucrats as voters?

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  • Bruno Frey
  • Werner Pommerehne

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Empirical evidence is collected and discussed regarding the influence of public bureaucrats on government sector outcome in their capacity as consumer-voters. It is necessary to isolate the specific effect of working in the public sector (compared to other occupations) on voting participation and on the probability to support an increase in the public budget. For a balanced evaluation of public bureaucrats' power, other forms of their influencing the government sector outcome need to be taken into account. Copyright Martinus Nijhoff Publishers 1982

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  • Bruno Frey & Werner Pommerehne, 1982. "How powerful are public bureaucrats as voters?," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 38(3), pages 253-262, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:pubcho:v:38:y:1982:i:3:p:253-262
    DOI: 10.1007/BF00144851
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