Transcending regimes: government growth through fragmentation in Lithuania between 1919 and 2013

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Abstract

This paper aims to examine tendencies of government growth in Lithuania. Lithuania has experienced a series of political upheavals in the XX century. The data that we collected allows us to suggest that a long held notion that public bureaucracies tend to grow is broadly true. But our data seems to show that democracy can at least in part be let ‘off the hook’ when looking who or what is to blame for government growth. Our analysis is based on measuring fragmentation of the territorial administrative structure.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-24
JournalPublic administration and regional development
Volume10
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Lithuania
fragmentation
regime
administrative structure
bureaucracy
democracy

Keywords

  • Government growth
  • Government fragmentation
  • Territorial administrative division

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