Government Failure and Over-Government

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In the fifth volume of The Collected Works of Arthur Seldon, Arthur Seldon uses public choice economics research to support his theory of over-government. The term "over-government" was coined by Seldon and is defined as the failure of governments to govern well, leading the public to avoid government programs in favor of markets.

Seldon explains how the results of government programs are always at odds with what the people would have chosen for themselves, because governments ...

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Overview


In the fifth volume of The Collected Works of Arthur Seldon, Arthur Seldon uses public choice economics research to support his theory of over-government. The term "over-government" was coined by Seldon and is defined as the failure of governments to govern well, leading the public to avoid government programs in favor of markets.

Seldon explains how the results of government programs are always at odds with what the people would have chosen for themselves, because governments seek to impose taxes and legislature based on their own agendas. This increasing control and restraint by the government will continue to force people to abandon those ineffective programs for more open markets and other countries that support them. Seldon argues that government bureaucrats rely too heavily on unions, labor groups, and lobbyists and act in their own interest instead of opening those options up to the people they serve.

Seldon purports that any government that continues to force its own views and desires on the unwilling public will lead to its own demise as the public searches elsewhere for a more representative democracy.

The entire series includes:

Volume 1: The Virtues of Capitalism (September 2004)
Volume 2: The State Is Rolling Back (November 2004)
Volume 3: Everyman's Dictionary of Economics (January 2005)
Volume 4: Introducing Market Forces into "Public" Services (February 2005)
Volume 5: Government Failure and Over-Government (May 2005)
Volume 6: The Welfare State: Pensions, Health, and Education (October 2005)
Volume 7: The IEA, the LSE, and the Influence of Ideas (December 2005)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865975545
  • Publisher: Liberty Fund, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2005
  • Series: The Collected Works of Arthur Seldon
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction by Colin Robinson ix

CHANGE BY DEGREE OR BY CONVULSION 3

INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY, PUBLIC GOODS, AND REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY 23

AVOISION: The Moral Blurring of a Legal Distinction
Without an Economic Difference 51

THE DILEMMA OF DEMOCRACY
Acknowledgements 71
Introduction 73
1. Democracy at the Crossroads 87
2. The Debilitating Disease of Over-Government 101
3. The Escapes from Over-Government 116
4. From Political Democracy to Individual Liberty 142

PUBLIC CHOICE IN BRITAIN
1. Public Choice or Political Sovereignty? 149
2. Government Intentions and Consequences 156
3. Over-Dependence on the Welfare State 161
4. The Weakening of the Family 172
5. Voters Versus Consumers 175
6. The Political Fate of Economic Federalism 179
7. The Escapes from Over-Government 186

ON THE LIBERAL EMANCIPATION OF MANKIND 193

Index 197

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