American Capitalism and the Changing Role of Government (Hardcover)

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The conventional wisdom has it that a balanced budget is the height of economic rationality, that social security should be privatized, and that most adult welfare recipients could and should get jobs. All our social and economic problems, we are told, are due to too much government; if we only left the American free enterprise system alone, the free market would heal all that ails our society and lead to lasting prosperity. Challenging these widespread stereotypes and myths, this book starts with the fundamental theory underlying capitalist ideology, showing that even in theory an unfettered free market cannot deal effectively with the many needs of a modern economy. Then it proceeds to make the case for active government participation in such social areas as education, health care, Social Security, and the environment.

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Publisher Praeger
Mfg Part# 9780275965785
SKU 36498527
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0275965783
Release Date 9/1/2009
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Dimensions (in Inches) 9.25H x 6.25L x 0.75T
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Editors Note The conventional wisdom has it that a balanced budget is the height of economic rationality, that social security should be privatized, and that most adult welfare recipients could and should get jobs. All our social and economic problems, we are told, are due to too much government; if we only left the American free enterprise system alone, the free market would heal all that ails our society and lead to lasting prosperity. Challenging these widespread stereotypes and myths, this book starts with the fundamental theory underlying capitalist ideology, showing that even in theory an unfettered free market cannot deal effectively with the many needs of a modern economy. Then it proceeds to make the case for active government participation in such social areas as education, health care, Social Security, and the environment.
Editors Note 1 The conventional wisdom has it that a balanced budget is the height of economic rationality, that social security should be privatized, and that most adult welfare recipients could and should get jobs. All our social and economic problems, we are told, are due to too much government; if we only left the American free enterprise system alone, the free market would heal all that ails our society and lead to lasting prosperity. Challenging these widespread stereotypes and myths, this book starts with the fundamental theory underlying capitalist ideology, showing that even in theory an unfettered free market cannot deal effectively with the many needs of a modern economy. Then it proceeds to make the case for active government participation in such social areas as education, health care, Social Security, and the environment.
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Number of Pages 0152
Publisher Praeger
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