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The theory of the origin of the theory of public goods (conclusion)

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  • Hollcombe, Randall J.

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The article critically examines the traditional theory of public goods, it is an established part of the theory of public finance. The author shows that this theory in the form in which it is treated by its creators and authors of modern textbooks, can serve no empirical explanation for the production of a good in the public sector, no regulatory justification for such production. Then, the article developed political economy concept that the fact that some goods are produced and provided by the state, is due to the interests of the state, seeking to build up their own wealth and political power. In this context, the very theory of public goods and its promotion are explained as part of a system of institutions, ensuring the preservation and expansion of the power and influence of the state in society.

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  • Hollcombe, Randall J., 2015. "The theory of the origin of the theory of public goods (conclusion)," Economic Policy, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, vol. 5, pages 191-207.
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    Keywords

    the theory of public goods; private production of public goods;

    JEL classification:

    • D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
    • H4 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods
    • H52 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Education
    • H56 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - National Security and War

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