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Public Goods: A Historical Perspective

Meghnad Desai

in Providing Global Public Goods

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780195157406
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199832965 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195157400.003.0003
 Public Goods: A Historical Perspective

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Provides a brief historical survey of the provision of public goods since the Middle Ages, explaining how a long pattern of ‘statist’ provision has over the past fifty years come to be replaced by a changing mixture of state‐private provision. This transformation calls for a revision of public goods theory to bring it up to date with current political realities.

Keywords: public goods

Chapter.  6640 words. 

Subjects: Public Economics

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