Dilemma of Democracy:
The Political-Economics
of Over-Government

By: Arthur Seldon
June 1998
Institute of Economic Affairs
ISBN: 0-255-36536-5
143 pages, 5 1/8 x 7 "
$24.50 paper original

Governments have long been taking control of activities-public goods, utilities, welfare & local government services-which would be better left to the private sector, argues the author, who believes that people will increasingly escape to non-state suppliers unless the government withdraws.

His topics include: government of democracy, the penalty of over-expansion, the disabling constitution of democracy; the debilitating disease of over-government: too soon, too far, too long, by barnacle, by stealth, by alibi, by stampede; the escape from over-government: by science, by affluence, to personal services, to the parallel economy. By barter, by electronic money, by the Internet, to the world; from political democracy to individual liberty: the new mercantilism. Comment by Samuel Brittan. References. Notes on trends & statistics on the parallel economy.


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