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From Economics to Politico-Economics: Evolution of the Analysis of Federalism

Jul 2004
Stanford King Center on Global Development Working Paper
By  T.N. Srinivasan, Jessica Wallack

This essay places the eight country case studies of federalism, economic reforms, and globalization (available as SCID working papers 147-153) in context. We trace the evolution of the literature on federalism from its early focus on the design of fiscal arrangements to achieve efficient outcomes in a world of benevolent social planners and closed economies to later work relaxing these assumptions and exploring different policy areas. The essay also discusses the motivating questions for the collection of case studies.