Brief Antistatism and Government Downsizing
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An Historical Perspective
Mary O. Furner
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The author describes the recent trend to both diminish government's role and reduce its size. She provides an historical overview of previous cycles of antistatism and government downsizing; briefly summarizes a period when a fairly stable balance of opposing views of the government role was achieved; and comments on possible scenarios regarding the roles of both federal and state governments in the future.