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Redistribution Policy and the Expansion of the Public Sector: The Political Economy of the Welfare State
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for International Economic Studies.
1984 (English)Report (Other academic)
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During the first part of this century life-cycle and insurance-type considerations seem to have dominated redistribution policy, in particular when we look at the consequences for the expansion of public spending. By contrast, during recent decades, "fragmented horizontal redistributions" between various minority groups have probably been the most important mechanism. The self-interest of different groups of the electorate seems to have provided the most powerful motive behind these various policies, though welfare altruism and what in this paper is called considerations of "consequential externalities" have probably been important motives behind redistribution in favor of the poor.

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Stockholm: IIES , 1984. , 44 p.
Seminar Paper / Institute for International Economic Studies, Stockholm University, ISSN 0347-8769 ; 298
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-41319OAI: diva2:329483
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