The Optimal Number of Governments for Economic Development
Robert D. Cooter
University of California, Berkeley - School of Law
UC Berkeley Public Law Research Paper No. 27
In the private sector, many small firms imply shallow hierarchy and narrow product lines. Similarly, in the public sector many small governments imply shallow hierarchy and narrow governments. This paper explains when replacing broad, deep governments with shallow, narrow governments increases stability and reduces corruption. My general conclusion is that developing nations plagued by instability and corruption probably have too few elections and too few democratic governments.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 44
JEL Classification: O20working papers series
Date posted: August 2, 2000
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