Donald Kettl argues for a rebirth of the Progressive spirit with a dedication to making the government work better. He outlines the problems in today's government, including political pressures, proxy tools, and capacity for management. Government Reclaimed details the strategies, evidence and people necessary to strengthen governmental effectiveness and shut down the gridlock.
Publisher: Brookings Institution
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
American government. He is worried, deeply worried. The gap between what we
collectively set out for the federal government to do and its capacity to do it effectively and efficiently has become way too large.
What has been so sadly lacking is a consistent, whole-hearted "commitment
to competence." How else can we restore a sense of confidence in what our government--our great democracy--can do?
--Paul A. Volcker, Chairman, The Volcker Alliance, and former Chairman,
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, 1979-1987
Food safety, air traffic control, public health--these are just a few of the areas where government must play a vital role. But in an era where political dysfunction, shrinking resources, hostility to government workers, and increased complexity have eroded both government performance and public faith in government, what can be done? In this important, eloquent, compelling book, Don Kettl uses clear examples, powerful data, and reasoned arguments to show us realistic ways forward. It is an absolute must-read for everyone concerned about America's future.
--Norman J. Ornstein, Contributing Editor and Columnist, National Journal and The Atlantic
Books on governance are rarely page turners, but Don Kettl offers a lively riposte to liberals and conservatives who fight endlessly over the size and scope of government: It's competence, stupid. His book unfurls a pragmatic way to narrow the gulf between what Americans expect of their government and its ability to deliver.
--Will Marshall, President, Progressive Policy Institute