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The Scope of Government$
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Ole Borre and Elinor Scarbrough

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198294740

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198294743.001.0001

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The Growth of Government

The Growth of Government

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(p.25) 2 The Growth of Government
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The Scope of Government
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Michael Goldsmith

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198294743.003.0002

Outlines the widening and deepening of government activity, as measured by increases in government revenues and expenditures, over the period 1950 to 1990. It then discusses the evolving ways in which this growth has been perceived by public opinion, and the factors that have shaped this evolution—changing demographics and demands for government action, and changing abilities on the part of governments to satisfy such demand, as a function of economic growth and development.

Keywords:   economic development, economic growth, scope of government

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