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Limited Government
The Public Sector in the Auto-Industrial Age

ISBN 9780367585099
Published June 30, 2020 by Routledge
230 Pages

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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.

Table of Contents

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1. Introduction: limited government

2. A self-organizing society

3. Ordered liberty

4. Social liberalism

5. The anxious society

6. The managerial society

7. Conservative realism

8. Political economy

9. Health 1

10. Health 2

11. Education

12. Income

13. Conclusion: auto-industrial society


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Peter Murphy is Adjunct Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at La Trobe University, Australia and Adjunct Professor in The Cairns Institute at James Cook University, Australia. He is the author of Auto-Industrialism: DIY Capitalism and the Rise of the Auto-Industrial Society (2017), Universities and Innovation Economies: The Creative Wasteland of Post-Industrial Societies (2015) and The Collective Imagination: The Creative Spirit of Free Societies (2012).