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The disappearing state?: retrenchment realities in an age of globalisation

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Edward Elgar,
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Moves to reduce social expenditures by governments have led a significant number of commentators to predict a globalization-induced diminishment of the state. However, basing such predictions solely on social expenditures is inadequate, suggests Castles (social and public policy, U. of Edinburgh, UK), and it is necessary to look beyond to other areas of state expenditure, including public administration, military defense, public order, education, public debt interest payments, as well as to the expansion or contraction of the state's regulative activities in such areas. That is the goal of this these nine papers, which use residual estimates of aggregate core expenditures, functional breakdowns of government expenditure (also called classification of the functions of government or COFOG), and existing data series in order to assess the past quarter-century's trajectory of public expenditure. Generally, the research shows that there has in fact been no general cutback in state expenditures, thus undermining the argument that globalization is leading to a withering of the state. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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table_of_contents Introduction / Francis G. Castles -- Testing the retrenchment hypothesis : an aggregate overview / Francis G. Castles -- Data on the functions of government : where are we now? / Neil Fraser and Paul Norris -- The changing cost of government : trends in the state overhead budget / Richard Parry -- Sinking budgets and ballooning prices : recent developments connected to military spending / Thomas R. Cusack -- Expenditure on public order and safety / Paul Norris -- Testing the retrenchment hypothesis : educational spending, 1960-2002 / Manfred G. Schmidt -- The real race to the bottom : what happened to economic affairs expenditure after 1980? / Herbert Obinger and Reimut Zohlnhöfer -- A mortgage on the future? : public debt expenditure and its determinants, 1980-2001 / Uwe Wagschal -- Moving beyond expenditure accounts : the changing contours of the regulatory state, 1980-2003 / Nico A. Siegel.
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title The disappearing state? retrenchment realities in an age of globalisation
title_display The disappearing state? retrenchment realities in an age of globalisation
title_full The disappearing state? [electronic resource] : retrenchment realities in an age of globalisation / edited by Francis G. Castles
title_short The disappearing state?
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title_sub retrenchment realities in an age of globalisation