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- into Russian: Большое правительство. Translated in draft, editing and proof-reading required.
Submitted for translation by anarchofront 05.07.2011
Big government (sometimes capitalized as Big Government) is a term generally used by political conservatives, laissez-faire advocates, or libertarians to describe a government or public sector which they consider to be excessively large, corrupt and inefficient, or inappropriately involved in certain areas of public policy or the private sector. In this latter sense, the term may also be used by political liberals in relation to government policies which attempt to regulate matters considered to be private or personal, such as private sexual behavior.
The term can refer to any of a number of bureaucratic criticisms: government programs where it is argued that policy goals could be accomplished with smaller more nimble organizations, attempts to federalize programs traditionally implemented at the state level, implementing programs that seek to accomplish functions normally associated with the private sector or private organizations (such as non-profit groups or religious organizations), expensive programs that are likely to increase significantly in costs in the long term, subject to cost overruns and poor cost analysis, resistant to reform efforts both internally and externally, large bureaucracies lacking in accountability, limited or no checks and balances on power within the organization, inadequate or inconsistent metrics to verify to efficacy, limited genuine benefits conferred to citizens, cost ineffective (benefits are outweighed by high costs), programs funded primarily by bond packages.
Commentators who use the term are often concerned about government delivery of public goods, and government involvement in the formulation and implementation of laws and policies concerning civil rights, social justice and social welfare.
Other commentators combine criticism of big government with criticism of "big business", "big labor", "big oil", "big tobacco" and "big pharma".
Counter-arguments hold that governments can fulfill public programs with efficiency, controlling spending and holding personnel or contractors accountable for their performance.
* Forms of government
* Nanny state
* Welfare state
* Social engineering (political science)
* Limited government
* Night watchman state
* Small government
* Big Government Solutions Don't Work/ The Law of Opposites
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