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The Crisis of Social Democracy in Europe$
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Michael Keating and David McCrone

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748665822

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748665822.001.0001

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Rethinking Public Expenditure from a Social Democratic Perspective

Rethinking Public Expenditure from a Social Democratic Perspective

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(p.68) Chapter 5 Rethinking Public Expenditure from a Social Democratic Perspective
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The Crisis of Social Democracy in Europe
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David Heald

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748665822.003.0005

This chapter examines social democratic policies on public expenditure, disentangling the various purposes and instruments. High public spending is not in itself a sign of social democracy and the author argues that a defence of public expenditure requires a hard-headed analysis of its economic and social impact.

Keywords:   Public expenditure, Public ownership, Taxation

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