Why Government Grows (and Grows) in a Democracy
journal contributionposted on 1972-07-01, 00:00 authored by Allan MeltzerAllan Meltzer, Scott F. Richard
DEMOCRATIC government continues in relatively few countries, and mainly in the market economies of the world. Yet even in the United States, with a long history of coexistence between market freedom and political freedom, state intervention in the market has grown, and the size of government has grown. Growth of government is not a simple transfer of power from one group to another. Well-functioning markets disperse power; growth of government concentrates power.