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Political Participation and the Welfare State

Rainald Borck ()

No 7128, CESifo Working Paper Series from CESifo Group Munich

Abstract: A large literature has claimed that higher political participation increases welfare spending. In this paper, I review this literature. I study the theoretical link between participation and redistributive spending. Then, I survey the empirical literature on the link between education, income and political participation, as well as that between political participation and redistribution.

Keywords: political participation; turnout; welfare spending (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D72 H53 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cdm, nep-hpe and nep-pol
Date: 2018
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