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The Private Abuse of the Public Interest: Market Myths and Policy Muddles

Lawrence D. Brown and Lawrence R. Jacobs


Despite George W. Bush's professed opposition to big government, federal spending has increased under his watch more quickly than it did during the Clinton administration, and demands on government have continued to grow. Why? This book shows that conservative efforts to expand markets and shrink government often have the ironic effect of expanding government's reach by creating problems that force legislators to enact new rules and regulations. Dismantling the flawed reasoning behind these attempts to cast markets and public power in opposing roles, the book urges citizens and policy makers t ... More

Keywords: government, federal spending, markets, policy makers, citizens, public-private partnerships, education, transportation, health care

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780226076423
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226076454.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lawrence D. Brown, author

Lawrence R. Jacobs, author