The myth of fair and efficient government; why the government you want is not the one you get.
Marlow, Michael L.

In the context of current debates over the national debt, Marlow (economics, California Polytechnic State U., San Luis Obispo) argues that Americans will continue to be disappointed in the Federal government as long as their expectations are too high. Among his arguments that government is the last place to look for efficiency is that this is the function of private markets, despite the widespread belief that markets were the cause of current economic woes. Suggestions for improving government include greater transparency of costs, and tax reforms such as a flat tax. Graphs illustrate selected trends. (2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR)


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