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На пути к новой экономической теории государства

Ананьин О. И., Воейков М. И., Гловели Г. Дж., Городецкий А. Е., Гринберг Р. С., Рубинштейн А. Я.
In this brochure, which was prepared within the framework of research on the topic of the state assignment, the author's approach to the construction of the economic theory of the modern state is presented. The realized historical and political economic analysis, made it possible to trace the evolution of the place and role of the state in a market economy, to identify a number of its basic models and to formulate a fundamental position on the transformation of the contemporary state from the subject of market space to its organizer, – which is the "playmaker state" model. The proposed approach is based on the theory of patronized goods, and on the general concept of failures of the mixed economy, that was developed within the framework of the research conducted, which enabled to look at the category of state paternalism from a new perspective and to identify the risks of its negative consequences. Along with other types of flaws of the mixed economy, a special case was described, – that was called "paternalistic failure", which represented a combination of flaws of public choice and of irrational actions of civil servants. Five types of irrational behavior of bureaucracy, that generated managerial failure, were considered. It was shown that, unlike the market failures that caused state activity, the paternalist failure required other actions, aimed at democratization of the formation of paternalistic attitudes, or settings, and at the introduction of procedures that limited the arbitrariness of the bureaucracy. The theoretical and applied aspects of the concept of consensus democracy were considered, that ensured the liberalization of the processes of political and economic decision-making, on the basis of civil society institutions and, on the basis of civil control over the activities of executive bodies