From Liberty to Democracy The Transformation of American Government

ISBN-10: 0472112902

ISBN-13: 9780472112906

Edition: 2002

List price: $90.00
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At the nation's founding, the fundamental principle underlying American government was liberty, and the nation's new government was designed to protect the rights of individuals. The American founders intended to design a government that would protect the rights of its citizens, and at that time the most serious threat to people's rights was government. Thus, the United States government was designed with a constitutionally limited scope to preserve the rights of individuals and limit the powers of government. The government's activities during two world wars and the Great Depression greatly increased its involvement in people's economic affairs, and by the time of Lyndon Johnson's Great Society, the transformation was complete. By the end of the twentieth century, the fundamental principle underlying American government had been transformed to democracy, and public policy was designed to further the will of the majority. The result has been a government that is larger and broader in scope. From Liberty to Democracy examines American political history using the framework of public choice theory to show how American government grew more democratic, and how this resulted in an increase in the size and scope of government. It should appeal to historians, political scientists, and economists who are interested in the evolution of American government but does not assume any specialized training and can be read by anyone interested in American political history. Randall G. Holcombe is DeVoe Moore Professor of Economics, Florida State University
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Book details

List price: $90.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 11/4/2002
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

List of Tables
List of Figures
Preface
Liberty: The Revolutionary Cause
Liberty and Democracy as Economic Systems
Consensus versus Democracy: Politics in Eighteenth-Century America
Constitutions as Constraints: The Articles of Confederation and the Constitution of the United States
The Growth of Parties and Interests before the War between the States
The Impact of the War between the States
Interest Groups and the Transition to Government Growth: 1870-1915
Populism and Progressivism
The Growth of the Federal Government in the 1920s
The New Deal and World War II
Democracy Triumphs: The Great Society
The Dangers of Democracy
Notes
References
Index
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