Why are larger states willing to produce public goods?
- A hegemon is a state considerably larger or more powerful than other states.
- Because hegemons benefit more from public goods than other states, their relative cost of production appears lower.
- Thus, public goods may be easier to produce when power is concentrated in the hands of few than when many actors are the same size.
- Small actors therefore receive some benefits (the free public good) even though they are not very strong.