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America’s Hidden Government

The Costs of a Submerged State

Author: Desmond King
May/June 2012
Council on Foreign Relations

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Suzanne Mettler's The Submerged State shows that executing policy through tax breaks and other indirect measures encourages Americans to think that they do not rely on the government for help, even when they do. The result is a distorted public discourse and an erosion of democratic legitimacy.

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