Limited Government: the public sector in the auto-industrial age

Murphy, Peter (2019) Limited Government: the public sector in the auto-industrial age. Routledge, Abingdon, UK.

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Abstract

This book explores why, despite increased government spending on income support, health and education, the costs of public goods are rising and their quality is declining. Charting the rise of big government, the author identifies a growing divergence between public-sector ideals and the realities of troubled political economies grappling with debt, deficits, ageing populations, improvident social insurance, declining education test scores and multiplying health costs. Limited Government analyzes in detail the social and political factors in major economies that drive up public spending, as well as the relationship between spending and outcomes. By developing an alternate model of public finances, and engaging in a critique of the managerial society, the author emphasizes the positive effects of self-management, social self-organization and technological automation, arguing that high-quality, low-cost goods are the result of nations that save, not states that tax. A sociological account of public finances, Limited Government outlines how governments can spend less and yet help ensure good broad equitable standards of health, education and income security.

Item ID: 58577
Item Type: Book (Research - A1)
ISBN: 978-1-138-89463-1
Keywords: limited government, fiscal sociology, public spending, public policy, public sector
Copyright Information: 2019 Routledge, Abingdon and New York
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2019 00:54
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160510 Public Policy @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9402 Government and Politics > 940204 Public Services Policy Advice and Analysis @ 100%
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