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Speaking Truth to Power Paperback – January 1, 1987

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers; Reprint edition (January 1, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887386970
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887386978
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #434,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Aaron Wildavsky (1930-1993) was considered one of the most innovative and prolific scholars in the field of political research, particularly in the field of risk. At the time of his death, he was a  professor of political science and public policy at the University of California, Berkeley. His work focused on reintroducing the importance of culture to political science and he was most famous for his role in developing the cultural theory of risk.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D.C. Julie on February 11, 2013
Format: Paperback
I was recently cleaning out some old files and found my original hand-written notes from the first time I read this book. (I guess I was still a poor student and could not afford to own the book-must have borrowed it from a library.) One of the first notations I put was about why government is better at providing government services (like building a bridge) than legislating behavior. Well, I'm ordering the book so I can re-read it now that I'm older and wiser (ha ha) and can afford to own the book.

And I was sad to read on Wikipedia that Wildavsky died young--I would have loved to see what he would have been writing about politics in the new century. My suspicion is that when I reread this book, I might find some timeless wisdom.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Larry W. Ishmael on July 7, 2011
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This is one time that I was grateful to get what I paid for. It was advertised as "like new" and it was "like new." The speed of handling was good and it was just what I needed to complete my dissertation literature search.

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