A large literature has claimed that higher political participation increases welfare spending. In this paper, I review this literature. I study the theoretical link between participation and redistributive spending. Then, I survey the empirical literature on the link between education, income and political participation, as well as that between political participation and redistribution.
SOURCE: Borck, Rainald. “Political Participation and the Welfare State.” CESifo Working Paper Series No. 7128, August 2018.
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