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Volume 15  Number 3  •  Winter 2011
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Bootleggers, Baptists, and Political Entrepreneurs
Key Players in the Rational Game and Morality Play of Regulatory Politics
By Randy 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.

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Other Independent Review articles by Randy Simmons
    Fall 2015   Tapping Water Markets
    Spring 1999   Fixing the Endangered Species Act
    Winter 1999   The Endangered Species Act

Other Independent Review articles by Diana W. Thomas
    Spring 2018   The Rise of the Regulatory State

Other Independent Review articles by Ryan M. Yonk
    Summer 2017   From Equality and the Rule of Law to the Collapse of Egalitarianism

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