Cato Handbook for Policymakers / Edition 7

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Now in its seventh edition, the Cato Handbook on Policy gathers the policy recommendations from Cato Institute scholars and experts on every major policy issue. Providing both in-depth analysis and concrete recommendations, the Handbook is an invaluable resource for policymakers and anyone else interested in securing liberty through limited government. This year's edition appeals to policymakers on federal, state, and local levels with a broad scope of issues, such as healthcare, foreign policy, Social Security, education, taxes, and energy policy. The Washington Post has called the Handbook a soup-to-nuts agenda to reduce spending, kill programs, terminate whole agencies, and dramatically restrict the power of the federal government.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933995915
  • Publisher: Cato Institute
  • Publication date: 1/28/2009
  • Edition description: 7th Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 685
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1

2 Limited Government and the Rule of Law 11

3 Congress, the Courts, and the Constitution 21

Restructuring the Federal Government

4 Cutting Federal Spending 49

5 Fiscal Federalism 63

6 Privatization 73

Government Reform

7 The Delegation of Legislative Powers 83

8 Term Limits 91

9 Campaign Finance 99

10 Reclaiming the War Power 107

11 Tort and Class-Action Reform 115

Health Care and Entitlement Reform

12 Medicare 125

13 Medicaid and SCHIP 133

14 The Tax Treatment of Health Care 141

15 Health Care Regulation 151

16 Health Insurance Regulation 167

17 Social Security 181

Cutting Federal Departments and Programs

18 Agricultural Policy 193

19 The Defense Budget 201

20 K-12 Education 215

21 Higher Education Policy 229

22 Housing Policy 241

23 Interior Department and Public Lands 249

24 Surface Transportation Policy 259

25 Cultural Agencies 269

26 Corporate Welfare and Earmarks 277

Threats to Civil Liberties

27 Civil Liberties and Terrorism 291

28 Electronic Surveillance 301

29 National ID Systems 309

30 Regulation of Electronic Speech and Commerce 315

31 Restoring the Right to Bear Arms 323

32 Tobacco and the Rule of Law 331

33 The War on Drugs 337

34 Property Rights and the Constitution 345


35 The Limits of Monetary Policy 365

36 Monetary Policy and Financial Regulation 377

37 Telecommunications, Broadband, and Media Policy 385

38 Copyright and Patent 393

39 Health and Safety Policy 401

40 Antitrust 411

Tax Policy

41 Federal Tax Reform 421

42 International Tax Competition 429

Energy and Environment

43 Energy Policy 443

44 Environmental Policy 463

45 Global Warmingand Climate Change 475

46 Countering Terrorism 489

47 Domestic Security 497

48 Strengthening the All-Volunteer Military 507

49 Iraq 513

50 U.S. Policy toward Iran 523

51 U.S. Policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan 531

52 U.S. Policy in the Middle East 539

53 Relations with China, India, and Russia 549

54 East Asian Security Commitments 561

55 Transatlantic Relations 571

56 The Balkans 579

57 Relations with Cuba 589

58 The International Drug War 599

International Economic Policy

59 Trade 611

60 Immigration 625

61 U.S. Policy Toward Latin America 637

62 U.S. Policy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa 645

63 Foreign Aid and Economic Development 655

Index 671

Contributors 687

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