The Role of the State in the Fiscal Theory

  • Richard A. Musgrave


Public finance explores the fiscal tools of the state and how they can best be used to meet the goals of public policy. It is not surprising therefore to find different theories of state to be associated with different approaches to public finance. How fiscal instruments function is a matter of economics, but the purposes to which they are put depend on the image of a ‘good society’ and the state’s role therein. Fiscal theory, therefore, is not a matter of economics only; and that, I will add, is its particular appeal.


Public Good Public Finance Public Choice Market Failure Social Welfare Function 
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