A reason for the growth in the size of the bureaucracy has been that life has gotten more complex. True or false?

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This statement is true. The increasing complexity of human society is one factor that has helped increase the size of the United States’ government bureaucracy.   

The main reason for this is that there is a need for more kinds of regulation as life has gotten more complex.  When most people lived on farms and worked for themselves, there was little need for government regulation.  As our lives have gotten more complex, we have come to need (or feel that we need) government regulations for things like the cars we drive, our education, the cell phones we use, and many other things. There are so many things going on in our world that we need to (or think that we need to) have a bigger government to regulate all the new things that happen in our society.  Our more complex lives mean that we need to regulate more things and we need a larger bureaucracy to do that regulation.

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