Research report 2010 - Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies

An index of fiscal democracy

Streeck, Wolfgang; Mertens, Daniel
Max-Planck-Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung, Köln
Policy legacies, benefit claims and public debt are eating away at an increasing amount of tax revenues, constraining democratic policy-making and reducing the fiscal flexibility of the state to govern innovatively. An index of “fiscal democracy” can serve to compare the range of policy-making options open to Germany and the USA since the 1970s.

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