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Government against Itself: Public Union Power and Its Consequences Hardcover – Illustrated, January 6, 2015

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"Readers of any political persuasion should be sobered by his observation that democratic government's inevitable fate seems to be 'spending more, getting less.'" --Publishers Weekly


"A sober analysis, both scholarly and political, of public sector unions. DiSalvo shows both sides, argues cogently, and concludes reasonably--against them. This is political science at its best." --Harvey Mansfield, Professor of Government, Harvard University; Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution


"Daniel DiSalvo has laid bare the harsh political realities facing mayors across the country who want to improve the quality of life in their cities. In the annual battles over cutting services, raising taxes or controlling costs to balance the budget, public employee unions usually have the upper hand. In many jurisdictions, costs are skyrocketing, taxes are up and services are deteriorating, yet fiscal reform seems impossible. This book explains how and why the narrow interests of unions in improving pay and benefits frequently overwhelm the broader interests of the people in improving services." --Chuck Reed, Mayor of San Jose


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Daniel DiSalvo is Assistant Professor of Political Science at The City College of New York-CUNY and a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute's Center for State and Local Leadership. He has written on American political parties, elections, labor unions, state government, and public policy for both scholarly and popular publications, including National Affairs, The Public Interest, City Journal, The Weekly Standard, Commentary, the New York Daily News, and the New York Post. He is the author of Engines of Change: Party Factions in American Politics, 1868-2010.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Oxford University Press; Illustrated edition (January 6, 2015)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0199990743
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0199990740
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.27 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
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