This book presents simple models of the major alternative types of political regimes, estimates of the parameters of these models, and quantitative estimates of the fiscal choices and economic outcomes of these regimes.
William Niskanen provides valuable analysis of the effects of the voting rule, the progressivity of the tax structure, and the length of the fiscal horizon in democratic governments and interesting insights of the effects of alternative regimes on policies, such as war and immigration, that affect the number of people subject to the regime.
Economists and political scientists who specialize in public finance, public choice, and the comparative analysis of political regimes will find much to engage them in this book.
The late William A. Niskanen, formerly Chairman, The Cato Institute, US
Contents: Preface 1. On the Choice of Regime 2. Models of Government 3. The Parameters 4. Autocratic, Democratic, and Optimal Government 5. Variations on the Democratic Model 6. Fiscal Rules for a Democracy 7. A Constitutional Approach to Taxes and Transfers 8. Population Issues 9. Culture and Institutions 10. Conclusion References Index