From Central Bank Independence to Democratic Public Finance
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January 27, 2013 - 8:03pm
by Dan Kervick, New Economic Perspectives
Effective governance in any country requires a well-designed system of public finance through which that government can achieve its various purposes and pursue the public interest. If the system of public finance is poorly structured, the public interest will be poorly served. So, badly designed systems of public finance must be altered or abolished. 
We have reached that point in the United States. The present system of public finance in the US is inefficient and antiquated: its fusty architecture hampers the capacity of the national government to respond to economic fluctuations and crises in a timely and effective manner; its byzantine operational complexity thwarts democratic governance and generates pervasive public confusion about the full range of public policy options; and its over-reliance ...
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