A Fiscal Perspective of State Rescaling
Posted: 13 Apr 2009
Date Written: March 2009
Recent socio-spatial studies point out a number of ongoing trends in the ‘scale division of labour of the state’, including among others, ‘destatization’, ‘denationalization’ and ‘internationalization’. We draw on the literature in public economics to review several approaches to measuring state rescaling. We employ these measures to produce empirical evidence on the extent of state rescaling and its determinants. We find that over the last two decades there has been a world trend towards decentralization while the average government size has not changed.
Keywords: fiscal decentralization, size of government, globalization
JEL Classification: F43, H11, H77
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