Does Government Simply Spend Other People’s Money? (Technical Note!)

Not entirely satisfed with the brief post yesterday on the legitimacy of government spending, I’ve typed up what might be termed a “technical appendix” to that post, which examines three contrasting accounts of government and its purposes. The upshot is, it’s possible to endorse an activist role for government without romanticizing the actual operations of democracy or assuming that public officials are always perfectly publicly-spirited.

The write-up is too long for a blog posting, and it might strike some readers as on the dry and dull side or as too academic. It also falls well outside the usual format here, and it’s a work in process which I’m not ready to sign off on as gospel just yet.

So rather than post it in its entirety, I’m just going to provide a link to the mini-essay, so those who may be truly interested in these theoretical questions can take a look; thoughtful comments on it would be welcome.

Published in: on January 3, 2007 at 5:48 pm  Comments (1)  

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