Comments on James M. Buchanan “The Fiscal Crisis in Welfare Democracies”

  • Richard A. Musgrave
Conference paper


Professor Buchanan’s paper, as we have learned to expect from him, carries a strong message. The welfare State can survive only if it discards discriminatory practices and returns to its earlier reliance on general programs. Unless this is done, it will be swamped by the political pressures of particular interest groups. As one who believes in the historical contribution of the welfare State, I welcome his concern for its survival and will join hands to save it. However, the more general thrust of his paper leaves me uncertain as to how strong an ally I have found.


Welfare State General Program Welfare Policy Minimum Income Fiscal Crisis 
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© Springer Japan 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard A. Musgrave
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  1. 1.Harvard UniversityUSA
  2. 2.University of CaliforniaSanta CruzUSA

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