big state

Big State

Big State is one of the political personality dimensions examined in the political personality quiz.
The opposite of big state is small state.

The choice between big state and small state is mainly a question of economic philosophy. Big state means more governemnt spending. That which is provided by the public sector is not bound by supply and demand in a market economy and can be provided in such a way as to redistribute resources, correct imbalances or guide behavior. Those who favor a bigger state usually want more protection, in the form of improvements to the social safety net or homeland security, or increased military spending.


Big staters favor:
  • improving the social safety net.
  • government support for people or industries who experience misfortune
  • security measures to improve their personal safety
  • expanding the range of public insurance programs (employment insurance, old age *pensions, medicare and disability programs)
  • government employment for its stability
Big staters tend to oppose:
  • tax cuts, particularly on high income individuals or corporations.
  • privatizing government services.

Relevant issues

tax reform, public sectorprivate sectorhealth care, welfare, employment insurance, social securityCanada Pension Plan, corporate welfare, homeland security, competition policy, income support programs

Statements used in the PPQ

  • The government should ensure no one goes without food or shelter.
  • In society the best people are not the ones who get ahead.
  • Medicare is necessary because most people could not afford health insurance.
  • You shouldn’t gamble what you can’t afford to lose.
  • Every passenger should be thoroughly checked before boarding a plane.
  • The government is not doing enough for national security.
  • Unemployment is not the fault of the unemployed.

Statements proposed for the PPQ

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Comments and Observations

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