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Attitudes Towards the Size of Government

Beate M. Huseby

in The Scope of Government

Published in print September 1998 | ISBN: 9780198294740
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598838 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198294743.003.0004

Series: Beliefs in Government

 Attitudes Towards the Size of Government

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Focuses on public attitudes to the size and sphere of competence of governments, rather than on government policies per se, and on the factors determining whether such attitudes are expansionist or contractionist, i.e. calling for a wider or narrower scope for government responsibility. It presents statistics on public opinion on this question, and finds that, across Western Europe generally, it is ambivalent and inconclusive. It concludes with a discussion of variations between specific countries.

Keywords: contractionism; expansionism; public opinion; scope of government

Chapter.  12357 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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