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Politics of Bad Ideas, The: The Great Tax Cut Delusion and the Decline of Good Government in America, CourseSmart eTextbook

By Bryan D Jones, Walter Williams

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Apr 21, 2008

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This highly anticipated addition to the “Great Questions in Politics” series offers a provocative argument about the persistence of bad ideas in shaping American economic policy.  The result of a collaboration between political scientist Bryan D. Jones and policy expert Walter Williams, The Politics of Bad Ideas is indispensable reading for any study of American government, public policy, or economic and budgetary analysis. 

 

The Politics of Bad Ideas examines why, over the last quarter century, bad economic ideas -- such as cutting taxes without cutting spending -- have become so influential in shaping government policies.  Using in-depth research and trenchant political and economic analysis, the book explores why those bad ideas continue to survive despite overwhelming evidence that they in fact cause damage to the federal government’s long-term fiscal stability and the American economy.

Table of Contents

Preface

 

Chapter 1: The Politics of Bad Ideas

 

Chapter 2: The Tax Cut Theories

 

Chapter 3: Evaluating the Claims

 

Chapter 4: Budgetary Politics and the Spending Mind-Set

 

Chapter 5: Institutions, Rules, and Politics

 

Chapter 6: Big Government Republicanism Costs Money

 

Chapter 7: Politics, Economics, and Tax Theories

 

Chapter 8: The Impacts of Recent Fiscal Policies on America

 

Chapter 9:  The Rise and Decline of Reality-Based Policymaking in the Federal Government, 1945-2006  

 

Chapter 10: The Role of Institutions

 

Chapter 11:  Why Do Bad Ideas Persist?

 

Chapter 12: Escaping the Dead Weight of Bad Ideas

 

Appendix

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