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The Growth of Government

Michael Goldsmith

in The Scope of Government

Published in print September 1998 | ISBN: 9780198294740
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598838 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198294743.003.0002

Series: Beliefs in Government

 The Growth of Government

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Outlines the widening and deepening of government activity, as measured by increases in government revenues and expenditures, over the period 1950 to 1990. It then discusses the evolving ways in which this growth has been perceived by public opinion, and the factors that have shaped this evolution—changing demographics and demands for government action, and changing abilities on the part of governments to satisfy such demand, as a function of economic growth and development.

Keywords: economic development; economic growth; scope of government

Chapter.  10808 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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