Americans love to trash their politicians as corrupt and self-interested, but they don't agree on a solution. How can America attract good leaders to the thousands of elective offices in the land? In Politicians: The Worst Kind of People to Run the Government, Except for All the Others, Bruce Chapman lays out a bold plan for the changes we need to make in our public life if we are serious about enabling worthy leaders to emerge and to succeed.
Drawing on history as well as his own extensive experience in politics and public policy, Chapman challenges the conventional wisdom about politicians, arguing that their chief rivals--the media, bureaucrats, college professors, and even political "reform" groups--are often sources of further political demoralization rather than renewal. Republicans and Democrats alike, conservatives and liberals, have a stake in responding to the stirring and provocative challenge raised by this book.
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About the Author
He was part of a reform slate on the Seattle City Council in the 1970s, was elected Secretary of State of Washington twice, lost a race for Governor, was chosen Director of the U.S. Census Bureau under President Reagan in 1981 and then served as a Deputy Assistant to the President in the White House. In the late 1980s he served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Organizations in Vienna. Back in Seattle in 1991, he founded Discovery Institute, a public policy think tank that supports research on science, culture, economics, technology, transportation, national defense, and civic leadership. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board for the Institute and director of its Chapman Center on Civic Leadership. He and his wife, Sarah, live in Seattle with their grown children and growing grandchildren.