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Redistribution, Political Power, and Public Goods

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  • McGuire, M.

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The core of the argument offered here is that the trade off between these two choices boils down to a benefit cost calculation rather than a Bergsonian or Arrovian value judgement: i.e., in return for the net benefits which a society obtains from the productive, public good supplying activities of a social order, it must pay costs in the form of redistriubtion to favored and powerful groups -- costs which its form of governance exacts. Both the allocative and the redistributive expenditures of governments are financed from taxation or private production/consumption.

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  • McGuire, M., 2000. "Redistribution, Political Power, and Public Goods," Papers 99-00-17, California Irvine - School of Social Sciences.
  • Handle: RePEc:fth:calirv:99-00-17
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    Keywords

    INCOME REDISTRIBUTION ; POLITICS ; PUBLIC GOODS;

    JEL classification:

    • H23 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies
    • D70 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - General
    • H40 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - General

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