1st Edition

Economic and Political Change after Crisis Prospects for government, liberty and the rule of law

Edited By Stephen H. Balch, Benjamin Powell Copyright 2017
    196 Pages
    by Routledge

    196 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The U.S. Government’s accumulated national debt and unfunded liabilities in social security and Medicare could be pushing the country towards a fiscal crisis. How could such a crisis be avoided? If a crisis does strike, how might it be dealt with? What might be the long term ramifications of experiencing a crisis? The contributors to Economic and Political Change After Crisis explore all of these questions and more.

    The book begins by exploring how past crises have permanently increased the size and scope of government and how well the rule of law has been maintained during these crises. Chapters explore how these relationships might change in a future crisis and examine how the structure of the U.S. government contributes to a tendency towards fiscal imbalance. In a provocative contribution, the authors predict a U.S. government default on its debt. The book concludes by considering how a fiscal crisis might precipitate or interact with other forms of crises.

    Social scientists from a variety of disciplines, public policy makers, and concerned members of the general public would all benefit from the contributions contained in this book. If the U.S. is going to avoid a future crisis, or do as well as possible if a crisis occurs, the arguments in these chapters should be given serious consideration.

    Table of Contents


    About the Authors

    1 Introduction

    Stephen Balch and Benjamin Powell

    PART I: Crisis and Government Power

    2 Crisis without Leviathan?

    Robert Higgs

    3 The Rule of Law during Times of Economic Crisis

    Todd Zywicki

    PART II: Fiscal Crisis

    4 Fiscal Crisis as a Quality of Progressivist Democracy

    Richard Wagner

    5 The Consequences of a United States Default or Repudiation

    Jeffrey Rogers Hummel

    PART III: Regime Crisis

    6 The United States Military’s Role in National Crises: Past, Present, and Future

    Paul Springer

    7 The Dark Side of Modernity: Existential Threats to Life as We Know It

    Tevi Troy


    Stephen H. Balch is Director of the Institute for the Study of Western Civilization, Texas Tech University, USA.

    Benjamin Powell is the Director of the Free Market Institute and a Professor of Economics in the Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration at Texas Tech University, USA.