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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Is A Bigger Government Better?

Denmark consistently ranks as one of the happiest countries in the world. (Kevin Christopher Burke/Flickr)

Denmark consistently ranks as one of the happiest countries in the world. The government provides strong social welfare benefits to its citizens, which Benjamin Radcliff, a political science professor, says usually means happier citizens. (Kevin Christopher Burke/Flickr)

The battles in Washington over whether to fund government programs such as unemployment benefits and healthcare –are a perennial tug of war between Republicans and Democrats.

In arguments against expanding the social safety net, the argument often goes that the country is better off with a small and limited government.

Benjamin Radcliff, professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame, tells Here & Now’Meghna Chakrabarti that countries which provide ample government benefits have happier citizens.

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