Rules and Restraint: Government Spending and the Design of Institutions

Rules and Restraint: Government Spending and the Design of Institutions

by David M. Primo
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0226682609

ISBN-13: 9780226682600

Pub. Date: 10/28/2007

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Government spending has increased dramatically in the United States since World War II despite the many rules intended to rein in the seemingly insatiable appetite for tax revenue most politicians seem to share. Drawing on examples from the federal and state governments, Rules and Restraint explains in lucid, nontechnical prose why these budget rules tend to fail, and

Overview

Government spending has increased dramatically in the United States since World War II despite the many rules intended to rein in the seemingly insatiable appetite for tax revenue most politicians seem to share. Drawing on examples from the federal and state governments, Rules and Restraint explains in lucid, nontechnical prose why these budget rules tend to fail, and proposes original alternatives for imposing much-needed fiscal discipline on our legislators. Ultimately, David Primo calls for a careful debate over the advantages and drawbacks of a constitutional convention initiated by the states-a radical step that would bypass Congress to create a path toward change.

About the Author:
David M. Primo is assistant professor of political science at the University of Rochester

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226682600
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
10/28/2007
Series:
American Politics and Political Economy Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction     1
Rule Design and Enforcement     23
External Enforcement     42
Internal Enforcement     61
The U.S. States     82
The Federal Government     105
Conclusion     123
Technical Material for Chapter 3     141
Technical Material for Chapter 4     150
Technical Material for Chapter 5     156
Technical Material for Chapter 6     158
Notes     161
References     175
Index     189

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