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Rockman, Do Institutions Matter? (Washington: The Brookings Institution, 1993), pp. 42-109. 32 Shrinking the state their place, carrying policy ideas from one place to another with little sensitivity to national boundaries or local context. These international forces currently appear to be structurally undermining some of the political forces that once gave powerful support to the expansion of the state. Labor, environmental interests, and organizations representing the elderly and disadvantaged are weakened by the possibility that mobile capital will use its threat to relocate to bully and punish those nations that seek to tax them and regulate them in the name of equity, social justice, or redistribution.
Becker, "Surprises in a World According to Adam Smith," Business Week, August 17, 1992, p. 18. James O'Connor, The Fiscal Crisis of the State (New York: St. Martins Press, 1973), p. 10; Joel Krieger, Reagan, Thatcher and the Politics of Decline (New York: Oxford University Press, 1986), p. 27; G. Thompson, The Political Economy of the New Right (London, Pinter 5 Publishers, 1990). Thompson, The Political Economy of the New Right, p. 11. 6 This approach characterizes the state sector as composed of individuals rationally pursuing personal material gain, the sum of whose actions lead to macro-level inefficiency.
If those benefiting from redistribution have lost power, a shrinking of the welfare state is a likely consequence. Alternatively, a second hypothesis argues that states may be victims of their own success: developmental states, having successfully incubated new economic forces, become obsolete as the costs of administration and the dangers (to a privileged stratum) of redistribution begin to outweigh the advantages of state protection. Theories about why nations behave as they do, of course, often give great weight to additional factors that vary from country to country.