Public Choice and Public Funding of the Arts

  • Christopher Lingle


The recent public reaction to the insistence of certain members of the American Congress for withdrawal of federal support of exhibits by certain controversial artists misses the point. Claims that such restrictions involve an implied censorship of these works deals with a narrow conception of the overall issue. The proper direction of this debate should be towards examining the propriety of government funding to support the arts. In the end it must be remembered, that whatever the government finances, it also ultimately controls. Those who wish to have no fleas, should not sleep with dogs.


Public Good Public Choice Public Fund Government Subsidy Economic Affair 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christopher Lingle
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Miami University European CentreUSA
  2. 2.Centre Universitaire de LuxembourgGermany

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