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  1. Why Government Fails So Often: And How It Can Do Better
    Why Government Fails So Often: And How It Can Do Better
    Why Government Fails So Often: And How It Can Do Better
    Why Government Fails So Often: And How It Can Do Better
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  2. Why Government Fails So Often: And How It Can Do Better

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From healthcare to workplace and campus conduct, the federal government is taking on ever more responsibility for managing our lives. At the same time, Americans have never been more disaffected with Washington, seeing it as an intrusive, incompetent, wasteful giant. Ineffective policies are caused by deep structural factors regardless of which party is in charge, bringing our government into ever-worsening disrepute. Understanding why government fails so often--and how it might become more effective--is a vital responsibility of citizenship.

In this book, lawyer and political scientist Peter Schuck provides a wide range of examples and an enormous body of evidence to explain why so many domestic policies go awry--and how to right the foundering ship of state. An urgent call for reform, Why Government Fails So Often is essential reading for anyone curious about why government is in such a disgraceful state and how it can do better.

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Specifications

Country
USA
Author
Peter H. Schuck
Binding
Hardcover
EAN
9780691161624
ISBN
0691161623
Label
Princeton University Press
Manufacturer
Princeton University Press
NumberOfItems
1
NumberOfPages
488
PublicationDate
2014-03-30
Publisher
Princeton University Press
Studio
Princeton University Press
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

I recommend this book to anyone who believes that the level of government incompetence is totally unacceptable, but believes that government can be improved through a more rational scientific approach that brings the government into the 21st century. The amount of information, facts, analysis in this book is too detailed to be summarized in one review. One amusing section of this book on bureaucracy talks about layering government into endless supervisory positions. This results in job titles such as "deputy deputy assistant secretary,"associate deputy assistant secretary,"deputy associate deputy administrator" ,and "chief of staff to the associate deputy assistant secretary".

This is a book that would generally appeal to people who are moderate liberals, moderates or moderate conservatives. It is for people who are tired of ideology, while looking for practical solutions and are open to thinking outside the box. The author recognizes the limits to... Read more
The author goes into great detail about reasons for governmental policy failure. I think too much detail. The author will start discussing structural problems that cause failure, but then goes into such detail that the original point becomes lost. In short, I think he is over analyzing the problems.

Nearly all of the reasons for failure that author discusses can be put into the following categories:

Central planning of large systems is very, very difficult, arguably impossible. There are too many things that are unknown, and there will always be unforeseen consequences.

Large bureaucracies nearly always evolve, rather quickly, into into a form that is more concerned about preserving and growing the bureaucracy than accomplishing the mission is was originally created to do.

And, perhaps the biggest structural flaw, and maybe the root cause – when you are using other people's money, it is all too easy, nearly inevitable, that... Read more
Extremely thoughtful and well-written review of the history of American domestic policy. There have been only a few triumps: Jefferson's National Road, The Morrill Act, the Homestead Act, the National Park System, LBJ's prodigies and a few others. The review features original research and careful readings of previously published studies. The book was a revelation to this serious minded citizen.
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