Leviathan on the Right: How Big-government Conservatism Brought Down the Republican Revolution

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Cato Institute, 2007 - Political Science - 321 pages
Despite an ostensibly conservative Republican president and Republican control of Congress, government is bigger and more intrusive than ever. That is not by accident; it is the conscious aim of a new brand of conservatism that seeks, not to reduce the size of government, but to use big government for conservative ends. This book shows how the Bush administration, Congress, and large parts of the Republican Party and the conservative movement have abandoned traditional conservative ideals and embraced the idea of big government.--Publisher description.

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Michael Tanner is director of health and welfare studies at the Cato Institute, co-editor of "Replacing Obamacare", author of "The Poverty of Welfare: Helping Others in Civil Society", and co-author of "Healthy Competition: What's Holding Back Health Care and How to Set It Free".

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