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The Case for Big Government: (New in Paper)
     

The Case for Big Government: (New in Paper)

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by Jeff Madrick
 

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ISBN-10: 0691146209

ISBN-13: 9780691146201

Pub. Date: 02/28/2010

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Political conservatives have long believed that the best government is a small government. But if this is true, why have Americans experienced stagnant wages, rising health care costs, increasing unemployment, extreme economic inequality, and a devastating credit crisis under conservative leadership? In this perceptive and eye-opening book, Jeff Madrick proves that

Overview

Political conservatives have long believed that the best government is a small government. But if this is true, why have Americans experienced stagnant wages, rising health care costs, increasing unemployment, extreme economic inequality, and a devastating credit crisis under conservative leadership? In this perceptive and eye-opening book, Jeff Madrick proves that an engaged government-one with high taxes and wise regulations-is necessary to implement the social and economic changes that Americans desperately need.

Madrick explains why America must reject free market orthodoxy and adopt ambitious government-centered programs. He looks critically at today's politicians and paints a devastating portrait of the nation's declining social opportunities. A practical call to arms, The Case for Big Government asks for innovation, experimentation, and a willingness to take bold steps in order to ensure the nation's vitality.

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:
1,361,935
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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