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The Feasibility of a Desirable Minimal State


  • Folsom, Roger Nils
  • Gonzalez, Rodolfo Alejo


Dwight Lee (1989) argues on utilitarian grounds that the minimal state of classical liberalism cannot be both desirable and feasible: if desirable, it is not attainable; if attainable, it is not desirable. Lee's article provides an intriguing new perspective on the long debate about the optimal size of government. His conclusions, however, do not hold if some of his restrictive assumptions are relaxed. In a more general model, the minimal state can be both desirable and feasible. Copyright 1999 by Kluwer Academic Publishers

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  • Folsom, Roger Nils & Gonzalez, Rodolfo Alejo, 1999. "The Feasibility of a Desirable Minimal State," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 98(3-4), pages 447-464, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:pubcho:v:98:y:1999:i:3-4:p:447-64

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    1. yamamura, eiji, 2008. "The influence of government size on economic growth and life satisfaction. A case study from Japan," MPRA Paper 10835, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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