What does the difference between government over-reach and responsible government

Describe, discuss, and support your discussion, what does the difference between “government over-reach” and “responsible government” means to you.

Overview: In this module/week, you will begin to learn how the government has continually grown in size, scope, and power during the past century. Governments have responded to real or imagined crises, including economic difficulties, wars, domestic strife, and “power bases” at all levels. Some have called this expansion “government over-reach” while others have called it “responsible government.” In the end, the ever-increasing government power endures long after each crisis has passed, impinging on both civil and economic liberties and fostering extensive corporate welfare. The “Crisis under the Old Regime” fueled this rapid growth, expansion, and influence of government, beginning in 1893.


Barton: ch. 5
Danoff & Hebert: chs. 5–6
Higgs: chs. 1–5

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Barton, D. (2011). Original Intent: The Courts, The Constitution, and Religion. Aledo, Texas, WallBuilders. ISBN: 9781932225631.

Danoff, B. & Herbert, L. J. (2011). Alexis de Tocqueville and the Art of Democratic Statesmanship. Lantham, MD: Lexington Books. ISBN: 9780739145319
Higgs, R. (2012). Crisis and Leviathan: Critical Episodes in the Growth of American Government. (Independent Studies in Political Economy) 25th Anniversary Edition. ISBN: 9781598131215.

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