The Democratic Disconnect and the Growth of Government

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:
The Democratic Disconnect and the Growth of Government

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Chapter 4 showed that reforms to shrink government and expand markets in health care, education, and transportation ended up producing an expansion of government rules to sustain the new reliance on market allocations of resources, to protect citizens from the damage of market breakdowns, and to supply critical public goods. This chapter shows that this trend was not confined to these three arenas but rather appeared across a range of policy spheres and brought about substantial growth in government rule making, spending, and personnel. This pattern highlights a striking puzzle: conservative politicians and their allies reaped considerable political gain from assaulting government, and yet government continued to grow even in venues that were specifically targeted for deregulation and market expansion.

Keywords: government reform; market reform; health care policies; education policies; transportation policies; conservative politicians

Chapter.  8508 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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