Liberty versus Bureaucracy on Native American Lands

Lofthouse, Jordan. “Liberty Versus Bureaucracy on Native American Lands.” Journal of Private Enterprise (April 1, 2019): 87–101.

15 Pages Posted: 6 Jan 2020

See all articles by Jordan Lofthouse

Jordan Lofthouse

George Mason University - Department of Economics

Date Written: December 12, 2019

Abstract

Over the course of American history, a pervasive administrative state has emerged on Native American reservations as the result of unique institutions that govern those lands. The federal trust responsibility and an elaborate web of federal, state, and tribal policies affect the liberties and economic well-being of Native Americans. These unique institutions impose high costs on individual Native Americans when they try to engage in most economic enterprises. This paper explores the complex institutional structure of Native American governance that increases poverty, limits entrepreneurship, and restricts individual liberty on a fundamental level. The pervasiveness of bureaucratic control has also spurred negative forms of political entrepreneurship, eroded the rule of law, and hampered markets from working efficiently.

Keywords: Native Americans, liberty, political economy, bureaucracy

JEL Classification: D73, P48, H11, H77

Suggested Citation

Lofthouse, Jordan, Liberty versus Bureaucracy on Native American Lands (December 12, 2019). Lofthouse, Jordan. “Liberty Versus Bureaucracy on Native American Lands.” Journal of Private Enterprise (April 1, 2019): 87–101., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3503037

Jordan Lofthouse (Contact Author)

George Mason University - Department of Economics ( email )

Fairfax, VA
United States

HOME PAGE: http://jordanlofthouse.com

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Downloads
100
Abstract Views
409
Rank
401,940
PlumX Metrics