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The Government-Industrial Complex: The True Size of the Federal Government, 1984-2018

Paul C. Light


The Government-Industrial Complex explores the recent history and impact of the federal government’s blended workforce of federal, contract, and grant employees. Drawing upon Dwight D. Eisenhower’s description of the military-industrial complex, government-reform expert Paul Light argues that the federal government now depends on seven-nine million full-time-equivalent government-industry employees. Light’s analysis examines changes in the size of the government-industrial complex, explains the federal government’s dependence on contract and grant employees, and explores potential reforms to p ... More

Keywords: outsourcing, contracting, federal downsizing, Trump, civil service, Eisenhower’s farewell address, threats to liberty, dependence on contract and grant employees, public service, hiring freezes

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190851798
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190851798.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul C. Light, author
Professor of Public Policy, New York Uniiversity

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