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Sizing Up Democratic Systems

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Science  16 May 2003:
Vol. 300, Issue 5622, pp. 1095-1096
DOI: 10.1126/science.1084725

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Rich Democracies Political Economy, Public Policy, and Performance. Harold L. Wilensky. University of California Press, Berkeley, 2002. 923 pp. $85. ISBN 0-520-23176-7. Paper, $45. ISBN 0-520-23279-8.

Capping some 30 years of comparative research, Wilensky addresses the question of what taxing, spending, and public policies mean for the well-being of people.