Consolidated democracy and size of the State

Vol. 34 No. 1 (2014)

Jan-Mar / 2014
Published January 1, 2014
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Scudeler Salto, Felipe. 2014. “Consolidated Democracy and Size of the State”. Brazilian Journal of Political Economy 34 (1):61-71.

Consolidated democracy and size of the State

Felipe Scudeler Salto
Bacharel em Economia pela Escola de Economia de São Paulo da Fundação Getulio Vargas (EESP/ FGV-SP) e mestre em Administração Pública e Governo pela Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo da Fundação Getulio Vargas (EAESP/FGV-SP).
Brazilian Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 34 No. 1 (2014), Jan-Mar / 2014, Pages 61-71


Common sense suggests that the more consolidated democracies and advanced economies tend to be more efficient and produce smaller states. What is observed in practice, however, is a positive correlation between "democratic consolidation" and "tax burden" (as a proxy for "size of government"). This finding, while not expressing any causal relationship between the two variables, is an evidence that a more republican and democratic State, as defined in Bresser-Pereira, must be able to provide, effectively and efficiently, broader public services with better quality. This is, in consolidated democracies, the State should not be small.

JEL Classification: H10; H11; O43.

Keywords: democratic consolidation nation-state economic development capitalist revolution politics size of Government tax burden