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Adam Smith’s Roles for Government and Contemporary U.S. Roles: Is the Welfare State Crowding Out Government’s Basic Functions?
By Jody W. Lipford
Jerry Slice

This article appeared in the Spring 2007 issue of The Independent Review


Abstract

For about a century, U.S. government expenditures reflected Adam Smith’s view that the state’s role should be limited to protecting citizens from aggression and supplying goods that the free market may not provide. Beginning in the late 1800s, however, government at all levels began to change its emphasis from carrying out these traditional roles to advancing the welfare state—a trend that may ultimately threaten government’s capacity to provide the services that Smith deemed essential to the maintenance of a safe and prosperous society.



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Volume 11 Number 4
Spring 2007

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