1010 Class 6: Government and its Effect on the Private Sector. Part 1: How big has government become?.
Governments of all parties have managed to create a tax and social security system of such complex detail that they could not possibly understand it. The only explanation for their achievement is that it happened piecemeal, each change being made in pursuit of the latest fashion, social purpose or whim.”
The Economist, October 1983
Argues that departments and agencies seek to maximize the size of their budget and seek to increase the demand for their services.
Also known as ‘empire building’ within the public service.
Since the relative status of government officials is determined by what they control and how much money is in their budget, there is a predisposition to growth.
Human Nature.The “Self Interest” theory of the budgetary process
Growing industrialization government?
Federal provincial fiscal arrangements
The nature of the bureaucratic structure.
Rising incomesContributing Factors to the Growth of Government