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Title: Are dictatorships less redistributive? A comparative analysis of social spending in Europe (1950-1980)
Author: Espuelas Barroso, Sergio
Keywords: Dictadura
Distribució (Teoria econòmica)
Política social
Política de despeses públiques
Història econòmica
Distribution (Economic theory)
Social policy
Government spending policy
Economic history
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Abstract: Using new data on Spain and Portugal 1950-1980, this paper shows that non-democratic governments were less generous in providing social protection and also financed their meager social policy in a less redistributive way. This contradicts recent studies that hold that dictatorships have no significant effect on social policy. The analysis also reveals that, rather than provoking a "race to the bottom" or an increase in social spending, globalization favored the adoption of tax-funded systems instead of systems based on compulsory social security contributions.
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It is part of: European Review of Economic History, 2012, vol. 16, num. 2, p. 211-232
ISSN: 1361-4916
Appears in Collections:Articles publicats en revistes (Història Econòmica, Institucions, Política i Economia Mundial)

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