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The Scope of Government

Ole Borre and Elinor Scarbrough


This book is the third in the ‘Beliefs in government’ series, and examines the effects of the post‐war arrival of the welfare state in the countries of Western Europe. The welfare state inaugurated a vast expansion in the role of government, which led to fears that the increased expectations of citizens would lead to government overload and to ‘ungovernability’. This book sheds new and surprising light on such fears. It begins by examining the expanding scope of government in the post‐war period. Drawing on a vast data set, stretching back over the past two decades and across Europe, it clarif ... More

Keywords: economic policy, egalitarianism, environmental policy, governability, government powers, interventionism, media policy, taxation policy, welfare state, Western Europe

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Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780198294740
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198294743.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ole Borre, editor
University of Aarhus
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Elinor Scarbrough, editor
University of Essex
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1 The Scope of Government

Ole Borre and Michael Goldsmith

Part I General Issues

2 The Growth of Government

Michael Goldsmith

Part II Taxation and Policy Issues

5 Taxing and Spending: Tax Revolt or Tax Protest?

Maria A. Confalonieri and Kenneth Newton

6 Politics, Economics, Class, and Taxation

Kenneth Newton and Maria A. Confalonieri

9 Government Intervention in the Economy

Ole Borre and Josè Manuel Viegas

Part III The Cultural and Natural Environment

10 Government, Communications, and the Media

Peter Golding and Leo van Snippenburg

Part IV Assessing Scope‐of‐Government Beliefs