Advanced Topics in Liberty

Growth of Government

Conference for Students & Recent Graduates - May 2-4, 2014

Discussion Leader: Michael Munger

Session I - Discussion: Why the Growth of Government?

Higgs, Robert. Crisis and Leviathan: Critical Episodes in the Growth of American Government. New York: Oxford University Press, 1987. Part I, Chapter 1, “The Sources of Big Government: A Critical Survey of Hypotheses” (pages 3–19).

Seldon, Arthur. The Collected Works of Arthur Seldon, Volume V: Government Failure and Over-Government. Edited by Colin Robinson. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2005. Chapter 2, “The Debilitating Disease of Over-Government” (pages 101–115).

Session II - Discussion: Ideology and Government Growth

Hayek, F. A. The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek: Socialism and War: Essays, Documents, Reviews. Edited by Bruce Caldwell. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1997. Chapter 11, “The Intellectuals and Socialism” (pages 221–237).

Caplan, Bryan. “Libertarianism Against Economism: How Economists Misunderstand Voters and Why Libertarians Should Care.” Independent Review (Spring 2001): 539–563. Entire Article.

Session III - Discussion: The Role of Economic Crises.

Higgs, Robert. Crisis and Leviathan: Critical Episodes in the Growth of American Government. New York: Oxford University Press, 1987. Chapter 8, “The Great Depression: „An Emergency More Serious Than War‟” (pages 159–195).

Session IV - Discussion: Technology and Redistributive Politics.

Cowen, Tyler. “Does Technology Drive The Growth of Government?” Mont Pelerin Society Meeting, Sweden, June 22, 2009.

Jasay, Anthony de. The State. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1998. Selections from Chapter 4, “Redistribution”: “Churning” (pages 254–263) and “Towards a Theory of the State” (pages 263–273).

Session V - Discussion: Is There a Case for Big Government?

Madrick, Jeff. The Case for Big Government. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2010. Part I, “Government and Change in America” (pages 1–63).

Session VI - Discussion: Limiting the Growth of Government.

Krol, Robert. “The Role of Fiscal and Political Institutions in Limiting the Size of State Government.” Cato Journal 27, No. 3 (Fall 2007): 431–445.

Buchanan, James M. and Geoffrey Brennan. The Collected Works of James M. Buchanan, Volume 10, The Reasons of Rules: Constitutional Political Economy. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2000. Chapter 9, “Is Constitutional Revolution Possible in Democracy?” (pages 149–167).