"For Peter Schuck, 'government failure' is neither a political creed nor a reactionary slogan. It is an empirical fact that demands explanation and response. His book shows that, at the federal level, policy failure is pervasive, nonpartisan, and firmly rooted in our political culture and inherent features of government organization. Schuck has some excellent suggestions for improvement, but his great contribution is in his analysis. Why Government Fails So Often defines the central problem of modern politics and illuminates it with a range and sophistication it has never received before."--Christopher DeMuth, Hudson Institute
"The botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act website reminded Americans of how badly the machinery of government can malfunction, even when the stakes are highest. Schuck leaves no stone unturned in this sophisticated and compelling account of why so often, in the realm of domestic policies, the government falters. This is the most systematic and comprehensive treatment of the subject I have ever read."--Pietro S. Nivola, Brookings Institution
"This masterful book offers a 'militantly moderate' argument about why federal domestic policies fail and what incremental steps might reduce, reverse, or prevent the worst failures. This book is a winner."--John J. DiIulio, University of Pennsylvania
"This is an extraordinarily interesting book that has the potential to be unusually influential. It avoids the pitfalls of ideological rigidity, covers an amazing array of government programs, relies on extensive empirical evidence, and provides rich analysis. The book's range and detail allow it to look at problems that are endemic to government policymaking."--R. Shep Melnick, Boston College
Schuck has written a very important book, carefully researched and well written.
Worse, the author does not find the one element that unites all failures: a lack of broad consensus behind the policies and programs in question.
The amount of information, facts, analysis in this book is too detailed to be summarized in one review.
Why do the glorious top-down policies implemented by intelligent people always... fail? Not only fail to ive up to their potential, but quite often have ruinous results? Read morePublished 28 days ago by M. Heiss
This book does a great job describing systematic problems in government without any ranting or fingerpointing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Peter Gorman
Superficial recount of various bad behaviors in government. No attempt to explain any of them. Mile wide and inch deep.Published 2 months ago by Eli
Expert, nuanced advice about how to make our government work better from someone who questions everything and makes some surprising suggestions that just might work. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Martin Lobel
The book was interesting, and I learned from it. But I think it could have had the same impact on me in about 1/5th as many words.Published 2 months ago by Glen Ragan
This is such an overpowering critique of government, from a progressive no less, that one is almost left helpless by the end. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Robert E. Litan
I read a chapter a day and absorb the ideas. It's been a very informative and mind changing journey.Published 5 months ago by Charlotte Cranberg
The book touches on about 50 government failures, all of them well-known. The book’s categorization of the failures is arguable, and in many cases this categorization confuses the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by technophobic