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Grants in Aid: A Criticism and a Proposal, by Sidney Webb

Brackett, Jeffrey R. (1912) Grants in Aid: A Criticism and a Proposal, by Sidney Webb. The American Economic Review, 2 (3). pp. 686-687.

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Student workers in the United States may well consider the thesis of this little book; for they must more and more face that vital problem of democracy—how to get local communities to use special knowledge in civics and social matters. We shall probably use more state cooperation and money with local authorities in matters of education and health. Mr. Webb well pleads for a truly educational use of such cooperation. England has so far failed too much in getting full returns for the large investment in grants. But the expression of the government's buying the right to regulate is not a helpful one. Logically carried out, the government could not regulate private agencies, as of education or charity, without the use of public money. We prefer the theory of a reasonable responsibility of the state for all its creatures, corporations public or private, without question of public money. – Concluding paragraph of review.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The full text of the review is available at the link.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2018 15:04
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2018 15:04

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