Recently, I cam across the following highly simplified, but rather amusing graphic highlighting some differences between the US and Italy
It is, as I noted, a highly stylised and simplified sort of information. Nonetheless, it does make a valid point: why are European democracies top-heavier than other democracies?
And then I checked Ireland:
- Population 4.589 million (2012)
- Senators: 60 (76,483 persons per senator)
- Dail Eireann: 166 TDs (27,645 persons per TD)
- Ministers: 14 Ministers and 15 Ministers of State (158,241 persons per Minister)
Just for your bemusement, not for some scientific or even economic argument sake...
Note: Auto Blu references state cars and Carburante references cost of petrol per litre.