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Public Demands and Economic Constraints: All Italians Now?

Nicholas Bosanquet

in Elitism, Populism, and European Politics

Published in print March 1996 | ISBN: 9780198280354
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599422 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198280351.003.0011
 Public Demands and Economic Constraints: All Italians Now?

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Public demands are pressed on governments directly by mass action, representatives or sectional interests, while economic constraints are exerted especially by public expenditure and taxation. Cross‐national comparisons are made of public support for government economic intervention and for public expenditure in a number of specific policy areas. The contrasting record of the UK, Germany, and the European Community is analysed. Public aspirations have exceeded the limits implied by economic constraints.

Keywords: economic constraints; economic intervention; European Union; Germany; public demands; public expenditure; taxation; United Kingdom

Chapter.  5497 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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