A Political Approach to the Assignment of Powers in a Federal System

Weingast, Barry R.

In order understand the comparative theory of federal performance, Barry Weingast develops a set of conditions that help differentiate among federal systems. These conditions serve a second purpose: the theory of fiscal federalism provides a set of systematic insights into the performance of federal systems. What follows can also be thought of as an attempt to make explicit some of the political assumptions underlying this theory.


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