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Distributional Conflict and Jurisdictional Organization

  • Wärneryd, Karl


    (Department of Economics)

The paper explores the implications for explaining the endogenous formation of jurisdictions of modelling the political process as a costly fight to acquire shares of the GNP pie. It is shown, in particular, that a system of federalism is especially significant in ameliorating distributional competition and conflict. Less resources are spent in aggregate on appropriative activities under a hierarchical system of federalism than in a unified jurisdiction with a single central government. Furthermore, if mobility is costless, then a form of federalism may be preferred by all agents even if it destroys resources.

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Paper provided by Stockholm School of Economics in its series SSE/EFI Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance with number 173.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: May 1997
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Public Economics, 1998, pages 435-450.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:hastef:0173
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