The Case for Big Government

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Princeton University Press, 2009 - Business & Economics - 205 pages
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Political conservatives have long believed that the best government is a small government. But if this were true, noted economist Jeff Madrick argues, the nation would not be experiencing stagnant wages, rising health care costs, increasing unemployment, and concentrations of wealth for a narrow elite. In this perceptive and eye-opening book, Madrick proves that an engaged government--a big government of high taxes and wise regulations--is necessary for the social and economic answers that Americans desperately need in changing times. He shows that the big governments of past eras fostered greatness and prosperity, while weak, laissez-faire governments marked periods of corruption and exploitation. The Case for Big Government considers whether the government can adjust its current policies and set the country right.

Madrick explains why politics and economics should go hand in hand; why America benefits when the government actively nourishes economic growth; and why America must reject free market orthodoxy and adopt ambitious government-centered programs. He looks critically at today's politicians--at Republicans seeking to revive nineteenth-century principles, and at Democrats who are abandoning the pioneering efforts of the Great Society. Madrick paints a devastating portrait of the nation's declining social opportunities and how the economy has failed its workers. He demonstrates that the government must correct itself to address these serious issues.

A practical call to arms, The Case for Big Government asks for innovation, experimentation, and a willingness to fail. The book sets aside ideology and proposes bold steps to ensure the nation's vitality.

  

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User Review  - Robert - Goodreads

There is a good case to be made for big government, but unfortunately this book doesn't make it. Instead it rambles without direction or focus through America history and stagnating wages without ... Read full review

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User Review  - Chad Kulas - Goodreads

This book made much more sense than Goldwater's. Read full review

Contents

Government and Change in America
1
How Much We Have Changed
65
What to Do
125
Notes
177
Index
195
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About the author (2009)

Jeff Madrick's most recent book is "Why Economies Grow." He is a regular contributor to the "New York Review of Books" and a former economics columnist for the "New York Times." He is editor of "Challenge" magazine and senior fellow at the New School's Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis.

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