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The Feasibility of a Desirable Minimal State

Roger Nils Folsom and Rodolfo Alejo Gonzalez
Public Choice
Vol. 98, No. 3/4 (Jan., 1999), pp. 447-464
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30024497
Page Count: 18
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The Feasibility of a Desirable Minimal State
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Abstract

Dwight Lee (1989) argues on utilitarian grounds that the minimal state of classical liberalism cannot be both desirable and feasible: if desirable, it is not attainable; if attainable, it is not desirable. Lee's article provides an intriguing new perspective on the long debate about the optimal size of government. His conclusions, however, do not hold if some of his restrictive assumptions are relaxed. In a more general model, the minimal state can be both desirable and feasible.

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