The Right Coast

June 10, 2005
The Growth of Government Spending
By Mike Rappaport

Why was government spending largely stable from 1789 to the 20th century and why has it grown so much since World War II. Gordon Tullock has an interesting and relatively short discussion of the matter here. While the discussion is interesting, unfortunately, his "bottom line is that governments have grown in recent decades, that they did not do so earlier, and that economists do not really know why."