Hegemonic Provision of Public Goods

Why are larger states willing to produce public goods?

Takeaway Points

  1. A hegemon is a state considerably larger or more powerful than other states.
  2. Because hegemons benefit more from public goods than other states, their relative cost of production appears lower.
  3. 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.
  4. Small actors therefore receive some benefits (the free public good) even though they are not very strong.