Crisis and Leviathan: Critical Episodes in the Growth of American Government

Crisis and Leviathan: Critical Episodes in the Growth of American Government

by Robert Higgs
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1598131117

ISBN-13: 2901598131115

Pub. Date: 01/01/2013

Publisher: Independent Institute, The

Discussing how government has continually grown in size and scope during the past century, this account demonstrates that the main reason lies in government’s responses to national “crises” (real or imagined), including economic upheavals and, especially, war. The result, this book argues, is the ever-increasing government power, which endures

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Discussing how government has continually grown in size and scope during the past century, this account demonstrates that the main reason lies in government’s responses to national “crises” (real or imagined), including economic upheavals and, especially, war. The result, this book argues, is the ever-increasing government power, which endures long after each crisis has passed, impinging on both civil and economic liberties and fostering extensive corporate welfare. Offering ideological explanations for the ascension of the role of government out of a capitalist, free-market economy, it will appeal to those with interests in political economy, American history, and libertarian politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901598131115
Publisher:
Independent Institute, The
Publication date:
01/01/2013
Edition description:
Anniversar
Pages:
384

Table of Contents

Contents

Foreword by Arthur A. Ekirch, Jr.,
Preface to the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition,
Preface to the Original Edition,
Acknowledgments,
PART I. Framework,
1. The Sources of Big Government: A Critical Survey of Hypotheses,
2. How Much Has Government Grown? Conventional Measures and an Alternative View,
3. On Ideology as an Analytical Concept in the Study of Political Economy,
4. Crisis, Bigger Government, and Ideological Change: Toward an Understanding of the Ratchet,
PART II. History,
5. Crisis under the Old Regime, 1893–1896,
6. The Progressive Era: A Bridge to Modern Times,
7. The Political Economy of War, 1916–1918,
8. The Great Depression: "An Emergency More Serious Than War",
9. The Political Economy of War, 1940–1945,
10. Crisis and Leviathan: From World War II to the 1980s,
11. Retrospect and Prospect,
Appendix to Chapter 2,
Appendix to Chapter 9,
Notes,
Select Bibliography,
Index,
About the Author,

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