Federal spending power in three federations: Australia, Canada and the United States

Gray, Anthony (2011) Federal spending power in three federations: Australia, Canada and the United States. Common Law World Review, 40 (1). pp. 13-39. ISSN 1473-7795

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This article considers the extent to which the national government in three federal systems studied has, or should have, a spending power under the national constitution. The article refers to economic and political science literature on the optimal allocation of responsibilities within a federal system, and concludes that the federal government requires a broad spending power in order to carry out distributive and stabilisation functions that most economists believe must practically occur at the national rather than sub-national level. To the extent that the recent High Court of Australia decision in Pape denies the Commonwealth spending power independent of a specified head of power, it is submitted that this is not an ideal finding.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Law
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2011 02:58
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2017 00:24
Uncontrolled Keywords: fiscal federalism; federal systems; allocation of functions; vertical fiscal imbalance
Fields of Research : 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180108 Constitutional Law
14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140212 Macroeconomics (incl. Monetary and Fiscal Theory)
14 Economics > 1499 Other Economics > 149901 Comparative Economic Systems
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9402 Government and Politics > 940203 Political Systems
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1350/clwr.2011.40.1.0215
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/18278

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