Interest Group Activity and Government Growth: A Causality Analysis

Posted: 14 Oct 2016

See all articles by Russell S. Sobel

Russell S. Sobel

The Citadel - School of Business

J. R. Clark

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Date Written: October 13, 2016

Abstract

The special interest group model of government, employed throughout public choice theory, models the outcomes of government as a function of special interest group activity. Early work in this area by authors such as Stigler (1971) and Peltzman (1976) focused on the role of interest groups in securing regulation beneficial to the regulated industry. Subsequent formulations, including McCormick and Tollison (1981), Yandle (1983), Mueller and Murrell (1986), Shughart and Tollison (1986), Becker (1983), Sobel (2004), and Holcombe (1999), use the interest group model not only to explain a wide variety of individual government programs and policies, but the overall growth of government spending itself. Even the passage of child labor laws has been attributed to interest groups such as owners of steam-driven mills, physicians, and teachers.

Suggested Citation

Sobel, Russell S. and Clark, Jeff R., Interest Group Activity and Government Growth: A Causality Analysis (October 13, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2851987

Russell S. Sobel (Contact Author)

The Citadel - School of Business ( email )

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Charleston, SC 29409
United States

Jeff R. Clark

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga ( email )

Department of Economics
Suite 313 Fletcher Hall
Chattanooga, TN 37403-2598
United States

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