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How much should be taxed and where should it be spent? Find out in Guide to U.S. Economic Policy

August 5, 2014

Washington, DC - Imagine living in North Korea or Cuba, where 90% of your earnings are taxed to pay for luxurious presidential palaces and lavish parties while you barely survive. How much a government takes from its citizens, and what that money is spent on, makes up a country’s economic policy. How has the United States determined its own economic policy through history? How has that changing policy through the years affected our standard of living? The new Guide to U.S. Economic Policy, published by CQ Press, answers these questions.

Exploring the development of U.S. economic policies from the colonial period to today, readers can also delve into the federal agencies and public and private organizations that influence and administer economic policies and work to balance economic development with environmental and social goals. The book’s 30 chapters, which can be read sequentially to provide a comprehensive overview or separately to look at specific eras and topics, are organized into these five major sections:

  • Part I – Evolution of American Economic Policy (1790s–Today)
  • Part II – Government and Economic Public Policy (1950s–Today)
  • Part III – Contemporary Economic Issues: Goals, Objectives, and Solutions (1980s–Today)
  • Part IV – Contemporary Economic Policy Challenges (2000s–Today)
  • Part V – U.S. Response to Global Economic Challenges (1990s–Today)

Guide to U.S. Economic Policyis available in both electronic and print formats and is jam-packed with information that helps readers understand the successes, failures, and general unevenness of economic policies and policymaking. In addition to the essays, readers can find a chronology of economic policy events, a summary of agencies charged with economic policy decisions, a master bibliography, and a thorough index, making this resource a must-have for all libraries.

Co-Editor Robert E. Wright is the Nef Family Chair of Political Economy and founding director of the Thomas Willing Institute for the Study of Financial Markets, Institutions, and Regulations at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Co-Editor Thomas W. Zeiler is Professor of History and Director of the Program on International Affairs at the University of Colorado Boulder.


CQ Press, an imprint of SAGE, is a leading publisher of books, reference content, periodicals, and digital products on American government, public policy, and international affairs. Known for its objectivity and breadth and depth of coverage, CQ Press consistently ranks among the top academic and professional publishers for its high-quality content and scholarship. CQ Press was founded with the mission of promoting democracy through education and joined the SAGE family in 2008.

Guide to U.S. Economic Policy
August 2014                           528 Pages
ISBN: 978-1-4522-7077-7         Cloth $175.00
eISBN: 978-1-4522-7078-4

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