The purpose of this series of small books, called Legislative Principles, is two-fold: To compile and express concisely legislative principles based upon research evidence too voluminous for most legislators, policy analysts, and interested citizens to read; and to complement the news reporting in Heartland’s four monthly public policy newspapers, School Reform News, Budget & Tax News, Health Care News, and Environment & Climate News.
Each booklet in this series presents a set of principles central to the debates about a major public policy issue. Each principle, in turn, is carefully documented to enable readers to find the original sources, many of which are on The Heartland Institute’s Web site (www.heartland.org). An electronic version of this booklet, also posted on Heartland’s Web site, has links to the URLs of many of the sources cited below.
Heartland’s public policy newspapers, by design, focus on news and contain factual accounts about current events, policies, and legislation. The small books in the Legislative Principles Series, on the other hand, set forth enduring principles that are likely to remain valid and relevant in the next decade. They can help busy legislators rapidly prepare themselves to propose and discuss new legislation in areas they may not ordinarily follow closely.
We hope the series forms a mini-library for elected officials, their staff, and all concerned citizens. Kept on a desk or in a drawer, they can form a ready reference on major legislative issues and policies. We also hope you will distribute copies to friends and colleagues who share your interest. You can download and freely republish it, or order copies by following this link.
Joseph Bast largely drafted this work and, in addition to the extensive works cited in the references, it is based on our coauthored book titled Education and Capitalism (Stanford, California: Hoover Institution Press, 2003), available from the publisher and The Heartland Institute.
We thank John Chubb, George Clowes, Robert Enlow, Milton Friedman, Cathy Lund, and David Salisbury, who provided encouragement and substantive suggestions on drafts of this work, and Diane Bast and Steve Graubart, who made editorial suggestions.
Herbert J. Walberg
Series Editor and Chairman, The Heartland Institute