Bootleggers, Baptists, and Political Entrepreneurs: Key Players in the Rational Game and Morality Play of Regulatory Politics
By Randy T Simmons
Diana W. Thomas

Ryan M. Yonk

This article appeared in the Winter 2011 issue of The Independent Review


Politics makes strange bedfellows, including alliances of profiteers and moralists who lobby for the same regulations, but for vastly different reasons. Whether such coalitions promote alcohol prohibition (as did the bootleggers and Baptists to whom similar “unholy alliances” are likened), tobacco restrictions, NAFTA, or climate-change policies, political entrepreneurs are the glue that holds them together.

Other Independent Review articles by Randy T Simmons
    Fall 2015   Tapping Water Markets
    Spring 1999   Fixing the Endangered Species Act
    Winter 1999   The Endangered Species Act: Who’s Saving What?

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