The Government We Deserve: Responsive Democracy and Changing Expectations / Edition 1

The Government We Deserve: Responsive Democracy and Changing Expectations / Edition 1

by C. Eugene Steuerle, Hugh Heclo, Edward Gramlich, Demetra Smith Nightingale
     
 

ISBN-10: 0877666768

ISBN-13: 9780877666769

Pub. Date: 06/01/1998

Publisher: Urban Institute

Before buying into anyone's vision of where public policy should go, we must think seriously about where we are now. This includes our economic and social structure, our government as a prominent feature of that landscape, and the way we currently make political decisions. The authors' views of where we are now lead them to propose a rethinking of our commitments

Overview

Before buying into anyone's vision of where public policy should go, we must think seriously about where we are now. This includes our economic and social structure, our government as a prominent feature of that landscape, and the way we currently make political decisions. The authors' views of where we are now lead them to propose a rethinking of our commitments as a society, our public responsibilities, and our processes for making policy choices—a rethinking that can help make government more responsive to changing expectations and changing needs.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780877666769
Publisher:
Urban Institute
Publication date:
06/01/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
194
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordxi
1Introduction1
2Economic Transformations11
3Family Transformations35
4Government's Changing Capacity to Respond57
5Our Changing Political Process95
6Rethinking the Role of the Public Sector125
AppendixWho Does What? The Changing Shape of U.S. Federalism173
Index187
About the Authors193
Table
Big-Spending Presidents on Domestic Government: Change in Federal Domestic Outlays as a Percentage of GDP
Figures
GNP Growth: Selected Periods
Real GDP per Worker, 1900-1997
Rate of Real Annual Family Income Growth by Quintile
Percent of Assets from Specified Sources for the Near-Elderly (Ages 51-61) by Income Decile
Annual Consumption for the Elderly and Young
Baby Bust, Baby Boom, Baby Bust
Number of Social Security Beneficiaries per Worker Grows
Deficits--Past, Present, and Future
Government Employment as a Percentage of Total Employment in U.S. Economy
Government Domestic Spending, 1902-1994
Government Revenue as a Percentage of GDP, 1902-1994
Lifetime Social Security Benefits and Taxes (For High-Income Couples under Current Law)
Change in the Composition of the Federal Budget, 1950-2002
Current Path of Mandatory and Discretionary Spending
Long-Term Federal Expenditures and Receipts as Percentage of GDP
Lifetime Social Security and Medicare Benefits for an Average-Wage One-Earner Couple (1998 Dollars)
Communication Technology in American Society
Public Opinion Polls in the New York Times
Trends in Political Alienation Indicators
Confidence in Selected Institutions: Percent Responding They Have a Great Deal of Confidence in These Institutions
Federal Public Assistance Spending as Percentage of GDP

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