Development by Consent: The Voluntary Supply of Public Goods and Services (A Sequoia Seminar)

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This book explores how myriad goods and services -- among them the generation and delivery of electricity, building and maintenance of roads, sewage and refuse disposal, water delivery, education, and transportation -- have been voluntarily supplied by individuals and groups in the absence of government mandates or sanctions. A recollection of the voluntary habit that predominated in nineteenth-century America stands in marked contrast to the expansive contemporary role of government in the United States and other countries, both industrialized and developing. Many additional examples conjoin in this volume to provide both leaders and citizens of debt-ridden governments with case experience of nongovernment alternatives for supplying sorely needed goods and services.

An implication of the evidence in this volume is that the development of any country can occur as a result of expanding the consenting actions of its citizens -- in the absence of a growing government, or in spite of it. Poorer countries are most likely to benefit from acting on the lessons of this book; voluntary means for meeting people's demands are even more appropriate where resources are less abundant. All countries can benefit from prohibiting the additional expense of having government do what its citizens would do otherwise. Richer countries may be able to afford the excess burden (or deadweight loss) that is incurred when government supplants private endeavors with its own. But in poorer countries, such additional cost is truly waste, and may very well preclude development. Better the voluntary alternatives of this book, and development by consent.

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This volume is the result of one in a series of ten seminars designed to reexamine established precepts and practices of economic and political development. Each reflects the series theme -- Including the Excluded: Extending the Benefits of Development. Throughout the series, contemporary Third World experience is explicitly joined with the historical experience of the United States and other countries during comparable periods of development. The lively, frequently pointed, always instructive give-and-take among seminar participants is included in non-summarized form in each of the resulting products, published by ICS Press on behalf of their producer, Sequoia Institute, as Sequoia Seminar Publications.

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Jerry Jenkins taught international relations and political economy at The University of Georgia prior to becoming director of Sequoia Institute's International Development Program. His publications include contributions to two other volumes in this series, Capital Markets and Development (edited by Steve H. Hanke and Alan A. Walters) and Beyond the Informal Sector, which he also edited. David E. Sisk is a professor in the Department of Economics of San Francisco State University. The present volume joins his other publications at the intersections of microeconomic theory, industrial organization, regulation, and law and economics.

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