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Is A Bigger Government Better?09:09

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The battles in Washington over whether to fund government programs such as unemployment benefits and healthcare --are a perennial tug of war between Republicans and Democrats.

In arguments against expanding the social safety net, the argument often goes that the country is better off with a small and limited government.

Benjamin Radcliff, professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame, tells Here & Now'Meghna Chakrabarti that countries which provide ample government benefits have happier citizens.


This segment aired on January 2, 2014.

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