From Liberty to Democracy The Transformation of American Government
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Description: 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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List price: $90.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 11/4/2002
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
|List of Tables|
|List of Figures|
|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|