Models of Government Growth: Explaining State Government Employment Growth in Texas




Mears, Brent

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The purpose of this research is three-fold. First, the research will examine the following government growth models: Wagner's Law, intergovernmental grants, fiscal illusion, party control, bureau voting, demonstration effect and electoral competition models. Second, the relationship between the predictor variables of each model and total Texas state government employment will be tested. The relationship between the models' predictor variables and state government employment in the five primary functional categories -- corrections, health and human services, highways, higher education and "other" government agencies -- will also be tested. The other government function includes all other Texas state government agencies that do not fall into the four functional categories previously mentioned. Third, the seven government growth models will be tested against both total government employment and employment in the five governmental functions.


An Applied Research Project Submitted to the Department of Political Science, Southwest Texas State University, in Partial Fulfillment for the Requirements for the Degree of Masters of Public Administration, Spring 1994.


government growth, Tate government, employment growth, Texas


Mears, B. (1994). Models of government growth: Explaining state government employment growth in Texas. Masters of Public Administration, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.


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