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Mause I 280
Government Budget/Downs: Downs came to the surprising conclusion in 1960 (1) that the state budgets of Western democracies tend to be too small.
Reason: 1. a rational ignorance of the voters, 2. the logic of political competition.
Political Parties/Downs: Thesis: political parties would only offer spending programs desired by voters. Because of their rational ignorance, voters only accept taxation for expenditure whose benefits are immediately apparent to them. With full information, voters would demand higher spending. See also Political Parties/Downs.
VsDowns: the thesis that state budgets are too small is rarely supported these days.


1. Anthony Downs. 1960. Why the government budget is too small in a democracy. World Politics 12 (4): 541– 563.


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Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.
The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

EconDowns I
Anthony Downs
An economic theory of democracy New York 1957

Mause I
Karsten Mause
Christian Müller
Klaus Schubert,
Politik und Wirtschaft: Ein integratives Kompendium Wiesbaden 2018


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