Toward a Political Economy of Government Waste
Public Administration Review, Vol. 55, No. 5, pp. 418-427, September/October 1995
10 Pages Posted: 22 Apr 2008
In this essay, we try to get beyond the mantra of waste, fraud, and abuse to deal seriously and constructively with the question of government waste. We offer a logical taxonomy of nine types of waste, which we use to examine the question from several directions. One of the main conclusions we draw is that much of the waste created by government is not included in the budget. Indeed, efforts to reduce budgetary waste all too often cause substantial spillovers elsewhere.
Keywords: Waste, fraud, abuse, spillovers
JEL Classification: D73, D80, D23, L22, L33, L13
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