Why Presidents Fail And How They Can Succeed Again

Why Presidents Fail And How They Can Succeed Again

by Elaine C. Kamarck

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Why Presidents Fail And How They Can Succeed Again by Elaine C. Kamarck

At the beginning of the century, the majority of Americans were satisfied with the way things were going in the United States. And then a slow decline began, seemingly uninterrupted by changes in party or achievements by the White House. As the campaigning for the next president begins, the question we ask ourselves now is who will be the most competent leader? In Why Presidents Fail and How They Can Succeed Again , Elaine Kamarck asks another important question: When did Americans lose faith in their leaders? And how can they get it back?

Kamarack argues that presidents today spent too much time talking, and not enough time governing. After decades of "imperial" and "rhetorical" presidencies, we are in need of a "managerial" president. In her fully readable and accessible book, she explains the difficulties of governing in our modern political landscape, and offers examples and recommendations of how our next president can not only recreate faith in leadership, but also run a competent, successful administration.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780815727781
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
Publication date: 07/26/2016
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Elaine C. Kamarck is a senior fellow in the Governance Studies program at Brookings and the founding director of the Center for Effective Public Management. She is also on the faculty of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She is a public sector scholar with wide experience in government, academia, and politics. Kamarck is an expert on government innovation and reform in the United States, OECD countries, and developing countries. In addition, she focuses her research on the presidential nomination system and American politics and has worked in several American presidential campaigns.

Table of Contents

Preface: The Crisis of Competence in the American Presidency ix

Chapter 1 Introduction: Presidential Failure 1

Chapter 2 Helicopters in the Desert 17

Chapter 3 Ignoring the Flashing Lights 35

Chapter 4 We Look Like a Third World Country 71

Chapter 5 Space Walks and Crashing Websites 91

Chapter 6 The Buck Doesn't Stop Here after All 111

Chapter 7 The Voter's Guide to Picking Presidents 137

Notes 155

Index 171

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