Political and institutional factors in the contemporary theories on the growth of government expenditures
Brazilian Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 26 No. 2 (2006), Apr-Jun / 2006, Pages 274-289
This paper discusses the role of the political and institutional factors in the contemporary theories on the growth of government expenditures. Based on a comparative analysis of studies produced in the two last decades on the field of political economy, the analysis attempts to deal with the main assumptions, the types of explanation, and the causal status of political and institutional variables provided by these theories. The theories are classified according to the type of explanation and the causal primacy of different political and institutional variables in each model.
JEL Classification: P16; D7; E62.
Keywords: public expenditures public policy comparative analysis explanation causality