"Americans entrust their government to novices," Riback and Goddard remind us. "Every November they elect a bunch of people who have never done this before." You Won, Now What?
offers practical tips on the task of governance, drawing upon real-life examples to illustrate how elected officials can do an effective job in their first--and in some ways most critical--days on the job. Their scope is broad--the authors consider state and local governments to be just as important as the federal government in maintaining quality of life for citizens--but the case studies keep the book from sliding into generalizations.
From Publishers Weekly
Guidebooks on government range from optimistic management theory to critical political science studies. Political adviser Goddard and journalist Riback transcend the genre's limitations by offering a lucid overview of how government really works?"what happens after the campaign is over" followed by realistic suggestions for change. Focusing on newly elected representatives, the authors highlight problems that neophyte politicians may encounter?avoiding personal responsibility, overly rosy expectations, inability to handle simultaneous conflicting tasks. Numerous examples of successes and failures in a range of government departments give weight to their advice. Decisions are examined in various ranks of public service, from a Texas state treasurer to a commissioner in Connecticut's Department of Transportation to a Philadelphia mayor. Goddard and Riback formulate recommendations that are applicable to every field, utilizing their expertise as seasoned political observers. This book would most benefit experienced officials and novice policymakers, though it will also be of interest to anyone seeking to understand how American politics operates and, more important, how politics can be changed.
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