The Case for Big Government: (New in Paper)

The Case for Big Government: (New in Paper)

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by Jeff Madrick
     
 

"Jeff Madrick makes a convincing case for the active role of government in the growth of our modern economy and our shared prosperity. Contrary to the ideology that has dominated debate in recent times, he challenges us to think anew about the responsibilities that government should meet in today's competitive global economy. As Madrick makes clear, government at

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"Jeff Madrick makes a convincing case for the active role of government in the growth of our modern economy and our shared prosperity. Contrary to the ideology that has dominated debate in recent times, he challenges us to think anew about the responsibilities that government should meet in today's competitive global economy. As Madrick makes clear, government at its best can bring progress and greater opportunity to all citizens in countless ways that private markets can't provide, and it can do so without impairing the indispensable role of those markets."—Senator Edward M. Kennedy

"Madrick presents a well-reasoned, empirically supported argument for undoing the damage that too many years of mindless government bashing have inflicted on our capacity to achieve important societal goals."—Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA)

"Jeff Madrick makes a lucid and compelling case for why growth and prosperity depend on an effective and active government. Read this book and then go tell market fundamentalists why they're so fundamentally wrong."—Robert B. Reich, University of California, Berkeley; and former U.S. secretary of labor

"Jeff Madrick calls the bluff of those who claim that larger government has to be bad for growth. He serves notice that we must now switch from such conventional mantras to reviewing the facts about modern government. The book's balanced review of American history makes it clear that 'productive government investment' is not a contradiction in terms."—Peter Lindert, University of California, Davis

"This timely book describes the stagnation of living standards in middle America and places an agenda for reform squarely within the American heritage."—Avner Offer, University of Oxford

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691146201
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2010
Series:
Public Square Series
Edition description:
With a New preface by the author and a new foreword by Ruth O'Brien
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
951,253
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Preface to the Paperback Edition xiii

Part I Government and Change in America 1

The Danger of an Ideology

The Evidence

Looking-Back Narratives from the Right and Left

The Myth of Laissez-Faire

The Many Uses of Government in the 1800s

Government as an Agent of Change in the 1900s

The Economic Benefits of Government

Resisting a Pragmatic Government

Part II How Much We Have Changed 65

The History of Change

The New Challenge to the Standard of Living

The Broad Threat to the American Promise

It's Not Just Inequality

When Knowledge Also Changes

The Purpose of Government

Forsaking Pragmatism for Ideology

Part III What to Do 125

Pessimism in America

The Failure of Conventional Wisdom

America has the Money

An Agenda

Notes 177

Index 195

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