Democracy of 'Taxation-Redistribution' and Peacetime Budget Deficit
Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy Working Papers 0078
46 Pages Posted: 16 Dec 2013 Last revised: 3 Feb 2016
Date Written: December 14, 2013
The link between an introduction of the universal suffrage and the growth of government spending has been established in some literature (Meltzer, Richard, 1981, Aidt et al., 2006, Funk and Guthmann, 2006). In this article we try to identify a more detailed mechanism behind that link. So, we addressed to the conflict of interest of bureaucrats, and of the state subsidy beneficiaries. Historically the growth of government spending might be traced to the emergence of mainstream left parties, which openly stood in favor of the nanny state and government help from the cradle to the grave as a priority over the provision of pure public goods. Finally we check the hypothesis that the growth of government care correlates with the chronic illnesses of the modern state finance like budget deficit, state debt and inflation.
Keywords: Universal Suffrage, Left Parties, Budget Deficit, Conflict of Interest
JEL Classification: D72, D73, H62, N40
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