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Is Government Inevitable?


Peter T. Leeson


George Mason University - Department of Economics

Edward Stringham


San Jose State University


Independent Review, Forthcoming

Abstract:     
Inspired by Holcombe's (2004) argument that government is inevitable, this paper reconsiders some of his claims. We contend that his argument fails on two counts: it both fails to show that anarchy must break down and that limited government will not. The arguments Holcombe raises against the viability of anarchy can be applied to the viability of limited government, and the arguments he uses for the viability of limited government can be applied to the viability of anarchy. We discuss the problems with Holcombe's theoretical arguments as well as historical evidence that casts doubt on his claims.

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Date posted: February 8, 2006  

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Leeson, Peter T. and Stringham, Edward, Is Government Inevitable?. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=881776

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Peter T. Leeson (Contact Author)
George Mason University - Department of Economics ( email )
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
United States
HOME PAGE: http://www.peterleeson.com
Edward Stringham
San Jose State University ( email )
San Jose, CA 95192-0066
United States
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