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

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

by Peter H. Schuck
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Why Government Fails So Often: And How It Can Do Better 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
CENY More than 1 year ago
Superb and in-depth analysis of why government fails. Unfortunately the prognosis isn't good; the author makes it seem like most things that government does aren't done well, although he describes a few great successes. The recommendations for making government better, by the author's own admission, will just improve things around the edges, but not lead to better government through and through. This leaves one unsolved question: why do northern European countries (and Canada, Australia and New Zealand) rank so much better in so many measures of good governance; what are they doing that we're not? The author should answer that question, too, but he doesn't.
RS416 More than 1 year ago
Tale of two books. Excellent analysis of failures. Due to moral hazards, unintended consequences, perverse incentives, et al. Short list of successes full of partial successes and "questionable" successes. Unsatisfying recommendations for success. Tinker around the edges and change Constitution to decrease federalism. Mentioned proclivity for immediate benefits with long-term costs but no recommendation. Most problems mentioned seem systemic with government but the author says big government is hear to stay.