Chapter

A Return to Realism

in The Private Abuse of the Public Interest

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780226076423
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226076454 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226076454.003.0001
A Return to Realism

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This chapter sets out the book' purpose, which is to explore the central institutional considerations that market strategies often overlook and the principal primrose paths down which they may go astray. It finds a striking paradox: conservative aspirations to expand markets and shrink government have often disappointed citizens and resulted in more extensive government rules and routines. Why has an era dominated by market enthusiasts and bipartisan agreement that “government is the problem” produced not only market-oriented policies that fall short of promised outcomes but also more government? The book focuses on three policy arenas in which market forces have been touted as promising reforms—health, education, and transportation—in hopes of isolating the analytical and practical essentials that might guide prospective buyers of marketist “solutions.” An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: government policy; market strategies; market expansion; health policies; education policies; transportation policies; small government

Chapter.  2985 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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