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Over the next few years, I encountered a few other young reformers. One was the earnest and deeply knowledgeable governor of Arkansas. Bill Clinton's mastery of the inner workings of government policy was astonishing. Ask him about health or welfare or education, and his answers combined the savvy of a politician with the knowledge of a bureaucrat. Then there was an obscure but ambitious young Turk congressman by the name of Newt Gingrich. I'll never forget this starry-eyed back-bencher explaining to a gaggle of conservative activists how Washington could be changed--if only you'd think "outside the box."
Clinton and Gingrich, as I saw first-hand, had brains, talent, determination. They both attempted "revolutions" to rival Stockman's. And they both failed, each more spectacularly than the last. This book revisits the ideas that I first published in my book Demosclerosis, which suggested that Washington's disease is more complex and cunning than even a Clinton or a Gingrich realized. The new edition has a new title, because it is partly a new book. The earlier ideas are here, but I've also tried to account for the experiences of the 1990s--and to peer into the future, where a new relationship between the people and their government is taking shape.
This book is a must read if you want to understand how Washington works.
While these and other difficult concepts within the chapter sound complicated, Rauch's fresh perspective and crisp writing style make it an easy chapter to read.
Washington has "stopped working," in Mr. Rauch's words and in his book, he explains why.
Lots of detail of the overwhelming lobbying machine that characterizes U.S. politics. This book book goes over the same point exhaustively that I ultimately tired of it and put it... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rick Parsons
Jonathan Rauch has written a brilliant application of Mancur Olson's theory of national decline to the interest politics of contemporary America.Published 6 months ago by Charles Murray
This book is a must read if you want to understand how Washington works.Very insightful. At the end of the book was I not sure to be encouraged or discouraged about the political... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
With Government's End, Jonathan Rauch gives a good introduction to the world of public choice economics. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kevin Currie-Knight
I know the headline is cliche but I am almost embarrassed I had political conversations before I read this book. Read morePublished 10 months ago by J.B.
This book has a very logically laid out explanation of the way our elected representatives incentives are structured, how our current system came do be, and how it currently... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Erin Sengel
INTERESTING BOOK - IF YOU LIVE & BREATHE POLITICS-THERE ARE NO SUPRISES- BUT IF YOU WANT TO CONNECT THE DOTS- ITS A GOOD PLACE TO STARTPublished 17 months ago by Kristy R. Johnson
The timeline for the book takes it through the Clinton years. However it's premise - that "special interests" are a form of parasite on our government - has only been... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
I read a recommendation for this book on the NY Times website. It was "suggested summer reading" for President Obama.
Fortunately it is NOT a partisan book. Read more