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Why government fails so often : and how it can do better, Peter Schuck

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Why government fails so often : and how it can do better
Title
Why government fails so often
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and how it can do better
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Peter Schuck
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eng
Summary
  • "From healthcare to workplace 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. The most alarming consequence of ineffective policies, in addition to unrealized social goals, is the growing threat to the government's democratic legitimacy. Understanding why government fails so often--and how it might become more effective--is an urgent 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.Schuck argues that Washington's failures are due not to episodic problems or partisan bickering, but rather to deep structural flaws that undermine every administration, Democratic and Republican. These recurrent weaknesses include unrealistic goals, perverse incentives, poor and distorted information, systemic irrationality, rigidity and lack of credibility, a mediocre bureaucracy, powerful and inescapable markets, and the inherent limits of law. To counteract each of these problems, Schuck proposes numerous achievable reforms, from avoiding moral hazard in student loan, mortgage, and other subsidy programs, to empowering consumers of public services, simplifying programs and testing them for cost-effectiveness, and increasing the use of "big data." The book also examines successful policies--including the G.I. Bill, the Voting Rights Act, the Earned Income Tax Credit, and airline deregulation--to highlight the factors that made them work.An urgent call for reform, Why Government Fails So Often is essential reading for anyone curious about why government is in such disrepute and how it can do better"--
  • From healthcare to workplace 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. The most alarming consequence of ineffective policies, in addition to unrealized social goals, is the growing threat to the government's democratic legitimacy. Understanding why government fails so often--and how it might become more effective--is an urgent 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. Schuck argues that Washington's failures are due not to episodic problems or partisan bickering, but rather to deep structural flaws that undermine every administration, Democratic and Republican. These recurrent weaknesses include unrealistic goals, perverse incentives, poor and distorted information, systemic irrationality, rigidity and lack of credibility, a mediocre bureaucracy, powerful and inescapable markets, and the inherent limits of law. To counteract each of these problems, Schuck proposes numerous achievable reforms, from avoiding moral hazard in student loan, mortgage, and other subsidy programs, to empowering consumers of public services, simplifying programs and testing them for cost-effectiveness, and increasing the use of "big data." The book also examines successful policies--including the G.I. Bill, the Voting Rights Act, the Earned Income Tax Credit, and airline deregulation--to highlight the factors that made them work. An urgent call for reform, Why Government Fails So Often is essential reading for anyone curious about why government is in such disrepute and how it can do better. --Provided by publisher
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Schuck, Peter H
Dewey number
320.60973
Index
index present
LC call number
JK468.P64
LC item number
S44 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
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  • Political planning
  • Policy sciences
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / General
  • LAW / Government / General
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Why government fails so often : and how it can do better, Peter Schuck
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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rdacarrier.
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text
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rdacontent.
Contents
The context of policy making. Success, failure, and in between -- Policy-making functions, processes, missions, instruments, and institution -- The political culture of policy making -- The structural sources of policy failure. Incentives and collective irrationality -- Information, inflexibility, incredibility, and mismanagement -- Markets -- Implementation -- The limits of law -- The bureaucracy -- Policy successes -- Remedies and reprise. Remedies: lowering government's failure rate
Control code
861542613
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 471 pages
Isbn
9780691161624
Lccn
2013042267
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
(OCoLC)861542613
Label
Why government fails so often : and how it can do better, Peter Schuck
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
The context of policy making. Success, failure, and in between -- Policy-making functions, processes, missions, instruments, and institution -- The political culture of policy making -- The structural sources of policy failure. Incentives and collective irrationality -- Information, inflexibility, incredibility, and mismanagement -- Markets -- Implementation -- The limits of law -- The bureaucracy -- Policy successes -- Remedies and reprise. Remedies: lowering government's failure rate
Control code
861542613
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 471 pages
Isbn
9780691161624
Lccn
2013042267
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
(OCoLC)861542613

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