In response to new demands for infrastructure americas federal structure hastened development by promoting the primacy of states cities and national governments more recently the economic reach of american government expanded dramatically as the populace accepted stronger limits on its economic freedoms in exchange for the increased security provided by regulation an expanded welfare state and a stronger national defense. Government and the american economy is a superb example of this conversion it is a must read for anyone interested in what makes for long run economic success jeffrey g williamson laird bell professor of economics harvard university jeffrey g williamson published on 2007 01 03 they say that history is written by the winners but history might be even more interesting when its . Price fishback et al editors government and the american economy a new history chicago university of chicago press 2007 xix 613 pp 35 paper isbn 978 0 226 25128 8 reviewed for ehnet by gavin wright department of economics stanford university dedicated to robert higgs and prepared by a group of his friends colleagues and former students government and the american economy . A new plan for stabilizing the economy ideas about the best tools for stabilizing the economy changed substantially between the 1960s and the 1990s in the 1960s the government had great faith in fiscal policy or the manipulation of government revenues to influence the economy since spending and taxes are controlled by the president and the congress these elected officials played a leading role in directing the economy a period of high inflation high
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