1st Samuel Finer “Development of Government” Conference

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On panel 2 and gave a presentation: "The hidden (corporate) welfare state” This one-day event, running from 9am to 8:30pm, serves two purposes. First, we want to celebrate the work of the late Samuel “Sammy” Finer (1915-1993), who was professor at Manchester’s Department of Government, and one of the key contributors to the comparative study of government, the public sector, and civil-military relations in the second half of the 20th century. Second, we want to ask whether the split seen since Finer’s days between the study of government in industrialised and developing countries, and a removal of both from the broader fields of history and political science, can be reversed through a single intellectual agenda about the development of government. PANEL 2: TOO MUCH? THE SIZE AND ROLE OF THE STATE IN DEVELOPED COUNTRIES The ‘size of government’ question has been a central point of political debates in ‘western’ countries for decades. Usually couched mainly in economic terms (re taxation and public spending), it also includes debates about regulation and public organisations (and privatisation). This session will explore these issues in historical ‘big picture’ terms, how we measure government relative to what, and the interpenetration of government and the private sector in the form of ‘corporate welfare’. Panellists: Diane Coyle, Kevin Farnsworth, Colin Talbot.
Period3 Nov 2015
Event typeConference
LocationManchester, United KingdomShow on map


  • corporate welfare