Limiting Leviathan

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The enormous growth of the state occurring over much of this century has led the authors of this book to re-examine the proper relationship between the American people and their government. The authors first analyse the case for limiting governmental power and discuss which limits are appropriate, including tax and regulatory limits and electoral, congressional term and constitutional limits. They also examine possible auxiliary sources of state limitation, such as technological and economic limitations, informal order and lessons to be learned from local government. In sum, this book provides a seminal analysis of the necessity of limiting state power in order to preserve human rights. Limiting Leviathan will be a valuable reference point for scholars of public choice and government institutions.
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Finding it necessary to reduce government power in order to preserve human rights in the US, members of the Public Interest Institute<-- >founded to promote limited government and rugged individualism<-- >along with a few academic economists discuss which limits they deem appropriate. They consider such topics as constitutionally-limited government versus popular democracy, government as an expensive provider, constitutional spending limitations and the optimal size of government, constitutional limits versus statutory rules, learning federalist theory and polycentricity from local governments, the costly interaction of formal and informal systems, and technological and economic limitations of governments. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781840640243
  • Publisher: Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/1999
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
List of Contributors
1 Faustian Bargains and Constitutional Governance 1
2 The Purpose and Limits of Government 13
3 Constitutionally-limited Government Versus Popular Democracy 38
4 Government: An Expensive Provider 56
5 Constitutional Limits Versus Statutory Rules 77
6 Constitutional Spending Limitations and the Optimal Size of Government 96
7 Tax Limits 115
8 Regulatory Limits 140
9 The Case for Congressional Term Limits is the Same as the Case for Pollution Control 161
10 Electoral Limits 176
11 Federalist Theory and Polycentricity: Learning from Local Governments 203
12 Searching for Order: The Costly Interaction of Formal and Informal Systems 221
13 Technological and Economic Limitations on Governments 238
Index 257
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