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The disappearing state?; retrenchment realities in an age of globalisation.



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The disappearing state?; retrenchment re·trench·ment
n.
The cutting away of superfluous tissue.
 realities in an age of globalisation.

Ed. by Francis G. Castles.

Edward Elgar Sir Edward William Elgar, 1st Baronet, OM, GCVO (2 June 1857 – 23 February 1934) was an English Romantic composer. Several of his first major orchestral works, including the Enigma Variations and the Pomp and Circumstance Marches, were greeted with acclaim.  Publishing

2007

286 pages

$125.00

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Moves to reduce social expenditures by governments have led a significant number of commentators to predict a globalization-induced diminishment of the state. However, basing such predictions solely on social expenditures is inadequate, suggests Castles (social and public policy, U. of Edinburgh, UK), and it is necessary to look beyond to other areas of state expenditure, including public administration, military defense, public order, education, public debt interest payments, as well as to the expansion or contraction of the state's regulative activities in such areas. That is the goal of this these nine papers, which use residual estimates of aggregate core expenditures, functional breakdowns of government expenditure (also called classification of the functions of government or COFOG COFOG Classification of the Functions of Government (IMF) ), and existing data series in order to assess the past quarter- century's trajectory of public expenditure. Generally, the research shows that there has in fact been no general cutback cut·back  
n.
1. A decrease; a curtailment: "The political effects of food cutbacks could be devastating" New York Times.

2.
 in state expenditures, thus undermining the argument that globalization globalization

Process by which the experience of everyday life, marked by the diffusion of commodities and ideas, is becoming standardized around the world. Factors that have contributed to globalization include increasingly sophisticated communications and transportation
 is leading to a withering of the state.

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