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CRISIS AND LEVIATHAN: Critical Episodes in the Growth of American Government
by Robert Higgs
Foreword by Arthur A. Ekirch, Jr.

Robert Higgs is Senior Fellow in Political Economy at The Independent Institute and Editor of the Institute’s scholarly quarterly journal, The Independent Review: A Journal of Political Economy. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Johns Hopkins University, and he has taught at the University of Washington, Lafayette College and Seattle University. He has been a visiting scholar at Oxford University and Stanford University, and a fellow for the Hoover Institution and the National Science Foundation. Dr. Higgs is the editor of The Independent Institute books, Hazardous to Our Health? FDA Regulation of Health Care Products and Arms, Politics and the Economy: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, plus the volume, Emergence of the Modern Political Economy. His authored books include The Transformation of the American Economy 1865-1914, Competition and Coercion, and Crisis and Leviathan: Critical Episodes in the Growth of American Government. A contributor to numerous scholarly volumes, he is the author of more than 100 articles and reviews in academic journals.

His popular articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Providence Journal, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco Chronicle, Society, Reason, AlterNet, and many other publications and web sites, and he has appeared on NPR, NBC, ABC, C-SPAN, CBN, CNBC, America’s Talking Television, Radio America Network, Radio Free Europe, Talk Radio Network, Voice of America, Newstalk TV, the Organization of American Historians’ public radio program, and scores of local radio and television stations. He has also been interviewed for articles in the New York Times, Terra Libera, Investor's Business Daily, UPI, Orlando Sentinel, Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, National Journal, Reason, Washington Times, WorldNetDaily, Folha de Sao Paulo, Newsmax, Financial Times, Creators Syndicate, and elsewhere.

Dr. Higgs has spoken at more than 100 colleges and universities plus such professional organizations as the Economic History Association, Western Economic Association, Population Association of America, Southern Economic Association, International Economic History Congress, Public Choice Society, International Studies Association, Cliometric Society, Allied Social Sciences Association, American Political Science Association, American Historical Association, and others.

Robert Higgs

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Dr. Robert Higgs
Senior Fellow in Political Economy
The Independent Institute
100 Swan Way
Oakland, CA 94621-1428
E-mail: RHiggs@independent.org