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Government Cronyism and the Erosion of the Public's Trust

Government Cronyism and the Erosion of the Public's Trust

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Survey data show a large decline in trust in government, much of which has occurred while government grew rapidly.
Survey data show a large decline in trust in government, much of which has occurred while government grew rapidly.

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GOVERNMENT CRONYISM ANDTHE EROSION OF THE PUBLIC’S TRUST:An Exploratory and Cautionary EssayJohn Garen
MERCATUSRESEARCH
Bridging the gap between academic ideas and real-world problems
 
Copyright © 2012 by John Garenand the Mercatus Center at George Mason University Mercatus CenterGeorge Mason University 3351 North Fairfax Drive, 4th Floor Arlington, VA 22201-4433(703) 993-4930mercatus.org Release date: October 11, 2012
ABOUT THE MERCATUS CENTER AT GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY
The Mercatus Center 
at George Mason University is the world’s premieruniversity source for market-oriented ideas—bridging the gap between academicideas and real-world problems. A university-based research center, Mercatus advances knowledge about howmarkets work to improve people’s lives by training graduate students, conduct-ing research, and applying economics to offer solutions to society’s most pressing problems.Our mission is to generate knowledge and understanding of the institutions thataffect the freedom to prosper and to find sustainable solutions that overcome the barriers preventing individuals from living free, prosperous, and peaceful lives.Founded in 1980, the Mercatus Center is located on George Mason University’s Arlington campus.www.mercatus.org 
 
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
I am grateful
to Derek Thieme for his excellent assistance in preparing this essay and to several reviewers for their insightful comments. Some of the ideas pre-sented here are based on John Garen and J. R. Clark, “Trust and the Growth of Government,” unpublished working paper, January 2012.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
John Garen
is a Gatton Endowed Professor of Economics in the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky, where he has been a memberof the faculty since 1985. Garen received his PhD from Ohio State University in 1982and has served as a visiting professor at the University of Chicago, a visiting scholarat the Mercatus Center and at National Sun Yat-Sen University, and an adjunctscholar for the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions. Garen has conductedresearch on a wide variety economics issues, leading to more than 30 publications inleading academic journals as well as numerous reports and manuscripts.

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