Political Science

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

How government can implement more successful policies, more often


Mar 30, 2014
6 x 9.25 in.
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From healthcare to workplace and campus conduct, the federal government is taking on ever more responsibility for managing our lives. At the same time, Americans have never been more disaffected with Washington, seeing it as an intrusive, incompetent, wasteful giant. Ineffective policies are caused by deep structural factors regardless of which party is in charge, bringing our government into ever-worsening disrepute. Understanding why government fails so often—and how it might become more effective—is a vital responsibility of citizenship.

In this book, lawyer and political scientist Peter Schuck provides a wide range of examples and an enormous body of evidence to explain why so many domestic policies go awry—and how to right the foundering ship of state. An urgent call for reform, Why Government Fails So Often is essential reading for anyone curious about why government is in such a disgraceful state and how it can do better.

Awards and Recognition

  • Honorable Mention for the 2015 PROSE Award in Government & Politics, Association of American Publishers
  • Selected for the Claremont Review of Books CRB Christmas Reading List 2015