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Beyond the Conservative Nanny State: Policies to Promote Self-Sufficiency Among the Wealthy

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Publisher(s): Center for Economic and Policy Research

Author(s): Dean Baker

Topic: Government (Legislative power and procedure)

Keywords: Government regulation; Income distribution; Professional licensing

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


In his book, The Conservative Nanny State, economist Dean Baker debunks the myth that conservatives favor the market over government intervention. In fact, conservatives rely on a range of “nanny state” policies that ensure the rich get richer while leaving most Americans worse off. This paper describes strategies for reversing nanny state policies that have the effect of redistributing income upward.