The Next Government of the United States: Why Our Institutions Fail Us and How to Fix Them (Google eBook)

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W. W. Norton & Company, Dec 17, 2008 - Political Science - 304 pages
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This book exposes the reality that our twentieth-century government is no match for twenty-first-century problems and proposes a solution.

In this timely and compelling book, Donald F. Kettl demonstrates how the process of governance has fallen out of sync with the problems the government is trying to solve. Pick almost any recent domestic concern—waging a war, protecting our food supply and borders, providing health-care coverage for an aging population or relief after a devastating hurricane—and the standard response is to outsource most of the core tasks to thousands of independent contractors. The government foots the bill, but this strategy provides neither leadership nor accountability. Without anyone in charge, who can formulate innovative solutions to the increasingly complex problems the government faces? Kettl has answers, explaining with precision and clarity how a twenty-first century government must function in order to provide real solutions to the policy problems that face the United States.
  

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Kettl's diagnostic metaphor, vending machine government, is compelling. I was introduced to the concept and to the book by Tim O'Reilly (not personally, mind you). But the book should really be called ... Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER ONE MILDRED AND KATRINA
1
CHAPTER TWO NETWORK CHALLENGES
29
CHAPTERTHREE IRRESPONSIBLE GOVERNMENT
67
CHAPTER FOUR ROUTINES AND REMEDIES
97
CHAPTER SEVEN THE POLITICAL FUTURE
215
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About the author (2008)

Preeminent public policy expert Donald F. Kettl is the director of the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of many books. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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