Distributive Policy

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  • Government policies can serve several functions: redistributive, distributive, or regulatory. Redistributive policies can provide goods and services in the form of subsidies, grants, tax breaks, or regulatory provisions. Such policies benefit few or many as they allocate resources or services for issue areas such as highway infrastructure, public education, the military, or national parks. Many people label these kinds of programs “pork barrel.” Bringing home the bacon is a phrase used to describe the success of some elected officials, such as members of Congress, in providing agricultural subsidies or public works programs to their constituents. (The first recorded modern use of this term was in reference to the great lightweight boxer Joe Gans, who telegrammed his mother that he was “Bringing home the bacon” after ...

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