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Government & The American Economy

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Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9780226251271
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226251295 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226251295.001.0001
Government & The American Economy

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The American economy has provided a level of well-being that has consistently ranked at or near the top of the international ladder. A key source of this success has been widespread participation in political and economic processes. This book chronicles the significance of America's open-access society and the roles played by government in its unrivaled success story. America's democratic experiment, the book shows, allowed individuals and interest groups to shape the structure and policies of government, which, in turn, have fostered economic success and innovation by emphasizing private property rights, the rule of law, and protections of individual freedom. In response to new demands for infrastructure, America's federal structure hastened development by promoting the primacy of states, cities, and national governments. More recently, the economic reach of American government expanded dramatically as the populace accepted stronger limits on its economic freedoms in exchange for the increased security provided by regulation, an expanded welfare state, and a stronger national defense.

Keywords: economy; well-being; open-access society; interest groups; private property rights; rule of law; individual freedom; government; economic freedoms; national defense

Book.  634 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic History

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Government in Colonial America in Government & The American Economy

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The Founding Era, 1774–1791 in Government & The American Economy

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Property Rights and Federal Land Policy in Government & The American Economy

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The National Era in Government & The American Economy

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The Civil War and Reconstruction in Government & The American Economy

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Government and the American Dilemma in Government & The American Economy

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