From Continental Public Finance to Public Choice: Mapping Continuity

@article{Backhaus2005FromCP,
  title={From Continental Public Finance to Public Choice: Mapping Continuity},
  author={J. Backhaus and R. Wagner},
  journal={History of Political Economy},
  year={2005},
  volume={37},
  pages={314-332}
}
While government is the object that fiscal theorists examine, the history of public finance reveals two distinct orientations toward that examination. One orientation treats the state as autonomous from or independent of economic processes and institutions. The other orientation treats the state and the economy as interdependent and mutually generated. We describe these orientations as Anglo-Saxon and Continental respectively, out of recognition of the geographical loci where these orientations… Expand

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