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

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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
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014



  • Government growth
  • Government fragmentation
  • Territorial administrative division

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