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Why Government Fails So Often: And How It Can Do Better [Format Kindle]

Peter H. Schuck

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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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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 476 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0691168539
  • Editeur : Princeton University Press; Édition : Reprint (23 mars 2014)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An important Book on a neglected topic 25 avril 2014
Par Brian Popowsky - Publié sur Amazon.com
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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 central planning by "experts" but recognizes that government plays an essential role in a modern complex society. Tea party conservatives who want to deeply slash government programs but usually don't know specifically what they want to cut are probably not going to like this book. Ultra-Liberal progressives who want to drastically increase taxes and throw money at problems by increasing spending by 2 trillion a year are also not going to like this book or be pleased by its findings. .
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Too many trees, not enough forest. 3 août 2014
Par Ray Gratrix - Publié sur Amazon.com
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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 achieving the original goal of the project will become subordinate to other considerations, such as political agendas or personal and organizational gain.

While I applaud the author's thought that reforms should be done cautiously and incrementally, and while he proposes some reforms, I don't think they really address the basic structural problems I have listed here.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Careful Study of a Difficult Topic 19 juin 2014
Par Chris Hoofnagle - Publié sur Amazon.com
This is one of the best books I've ever read about regulation, because Schuck really cares about getting things right. Schuck reviews a wide range of government programs, distilling which ones work, and why. The outcomes are sometimes surprising, with both liberal and conservative policies picked apart to find a pragmatic solution to societal problems. Schuck has respect for all viewpoints, and he manages to find the worthwhile ideas among all the strange ones out there. This book is also a very good introduction to the kinds of regulation government can engage in, and their relative merits.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A democratic admission that government does too many things badly and wastes taxpayers dollars 26 octobre 2014
Par Terry Jennrich - Publié sur Amazon.com
It took me weeks to read this book, but for the depth of the discussion of government performance it was well worth the time. Every member of congress, president, taxpayer, GAO official, CBO official, and American voter should eventually read this book and then start voting out of office member of Congress or President's who keep promoting more government programs, or who stop the termination or modification of existing programs who either no longer serve the purpose for which they were intended, or which never achieved the results their sponsors and special interest groups touted. Maybe then we could eventual balance the federal budget while addressing some of the problems we citizens face and which the government might be able to assist us in dealing with. A few examples will suffice.
The farm bill is a bargain between the legislators of rural farm states and those of urban poor areas pg 140.
Moral hazard applies to Freddie and Fannie which failed to propagate home ownership pg 141. Dodd/frank encouraged too big to fail but will not prevent bank failures pg 142. Pension benefit gurantee corp and flood insurance do nothing to fix the underlying problems pg 143. The poverty index overstates the problem , but does nothing to fix it pgs 171-172. Postal service unions and inefficient government mandates make our problems worse pgs 173-176. Repeal the Jones act pg 177-178. Did you know we have a USDA office to inspect cat fish? pg 191-192. Why is this needed? The author takes to task the Amtrack food service which looses millions of dollars each year due to waste, employee theft, and lack of proper oversight. Again Congress does nothing!!! pg 226 ftnt see pgs 249-250 about amtrack's failings.
The author states on page 258-260 that the FHA is following the same disastrous policies as Freddie and Fannie did. He notes the failed ethanol policy on pages 268-269.
His conclusion is that most new government programs fail most of the time. pg 366-367. He wants better incentives to help the new programs succeed. But his remedy is too weak to solve the problem. WE need radical change and now!. As Mr. Jefferson said: "the government which governs least , governs best."
As Mr. Madison, put it: "if all men were angels , no government would be needed." OUr task in the 21st century is to figure out what private enterprise can do adequately or best and get the government out of the way and have government do the minimum at the city, county, and state levels to help people solve problems which they cannot solve on their own.
terry jennrich
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 and there is no one who has done a better job than Schuck in this book 20 octobre 2014
Par Robert E. Litan - Publié sur Amazon.com
This is such an overpowering critique of government, from a progressive no less, that one is almost left helpless by the end. Schuck combines a mastery of the law, economics, politics, and culture of American life to paint a very disturbing but accurate portrait of the hurdles in the way of effective government, at least for discretionary spending and programs, including regulation. The only fair critique is that the solutions he offers at the end don't seem to quite match up to the severity of the problems he identifies, but to this reviewer, that doesn't matter. For effective solutions to be found, a sound description of the problems must come first, and there is no one who has done a better job than Schuck in this book.
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