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Young Democracies and Government Size: Evidence from South America

Manoel Bittencourt

No 329, Working Papers from Economic Research Southern Africa

Abstract: We investigate in this paper the hypothesis that when democracies are young, or still fragile and unconsolidated, the size of government tends to increase, predictably in an attempt of redistribution, or to buy out the electorate, so that democracy becomes acceptable and “the only game in town”. For that we use a sample of all […]

Keywords: advanced economies; Democracy; government (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H11 N16 O11 O54 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018-02-01
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