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The Government-Industrial Complex : The True Size of the Federal Government, 1984-2018, Hardback Book

The Government-Industrial Complex : The True Size of the Federal Government, 1984-2018 Hardback


In his 1961 Farewell Address, President Eisenhower famously referred to the emergence of a "military-industrial complex" so powerful that it threatened to warp America's political institutions and economy.

However, the military was not the only part of government that was growing by leaps and bounds.

Over the next half century, the size of the federal government expanded at a breakneck pace in almost every category, and today the government as a whole is genuinelyelephantine.

In The Government-Industrial Complex, government-reform expert Paul Light not only traces the expansion of the federal government over the past few decades, but also explains why it has taken the shape that it has.

In marked contrast to governments in other wealthy countries, America's relies heavily on private contractors over actual government employees.

Drawing upon Eisenhower's description of the military-industrial complex, Light shows that the federal government now depends onmore than 9 million contract employees to faithfully execute the laws.

To do this, he offers short histories of the roles of various presidents and the impacts of war on the changing size of government.

He also highlights the Trump administration's early strategies on downsizing and deconstructing government. In this landmark account of the nature and scope of national governance in the United States, Light stresses that achieving the right balance between public and private responsibilities is key in making government both more efficient and more responsive.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 240 pages, 2 illustrations
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Political structure & processes
  • ISBN: 9780190851798


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