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

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William T Stanbury

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Fred Thompson

Willamette University - Atkinson Graduate School of Management

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Stanbury, William T and Thompson, Fred, Toward a Political Economy of Government Waste. Public Administration Review, Vol. 55, No. 5, pp. 418-427, September/October 1995. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1123739

William T Stanbury (Contact Author)

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Fred Thompson

Willamette University - Atkinson Graduate School of Management ( email )

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