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Types Of Political Economy, Spending, Taxing, And Economic Performance

HAROLD L. WILENSKY

in Rich Democracies

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780520231764
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928336 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520231764.003.0012
Types Of Political Economy, Spending, Taxing, And Economic Performance

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This chapter evaluates the influence of political economy, government spending, and taxation on economic performance. It examines whether the expanding welfare state and the continuing push for equality and job security are barriers to good economic performance. It argues that the trade-offs between job protection, social security, equality, and participatory democracy on the one hand, and worker productivity, economic growth, and other measures of economic performance, on the other hand, are not so stark as suggested in the burgeoning literature on policy analysis.

Keywords: economic performance; political economy; government spending; taxation; welfare state; equality; job security; social security; participatory democracy; worker productivity

Chapter.  34034 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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