Higgs, Robert. ([2012) Crisis and leviathancritical episodes in the growth of American government Oakland, California : The Independent Institute,MLA Citation
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Crisis and leviathan [electronic resource] : critical episodes in the growth of American government /
Robert Higgs ; with a new preface by the author ; foreword by Arthur A. Ekirch., Jr.
|Main Author:||Higgs, Robert.|
|Published:||Oakland, California : The Independent Institute, |
|Edition:||Twenty-fifth anniversary edition.|
|Topics:||Administrative agencies - United States - History. | Bureaucracy - United States - History. | Welfare state - United States - History. | Ideology - United States - History.|
|Regions:||United States - Politics and government - 19th century. | United States - Politics and government - 20th century.|
|Physical Description:||1 online resource (xxv, 350 pages)
|Includes:||Includes bibliographical references (pages 325-339) and index.
|Summary:||"In Crisis and Leviathan, economist and historian Robert Higgs shows how Big Government emerged from responses to national emergencies that occurred as attitudes about the role of government were changing dramatically. In particular, governmental responses to the Great Depression, two World Wars, the Cold War, and various lesser "crises"(real or imagined) led to a host of new federal programs, activities, and functions that left legacies--including greater acceptance of bigger government--that endured long after each crisis passed. The result was not only a higher baseline for further growth, but also a government more intrusive in the lives of ordinary citizens and more resistant to meaningful reform"--
|Notes:||Originally published in 1987.