- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Scribner; Reprint edition (January 6, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0684852039
- ISBN-13: 978-0684852034
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
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You Won--Now What?: How Americans Can Make Democracy Work from City Hall to the White House Paperback – January 6, 1999
Bill Bradley former United States Senator from New Jersey Goddard and Riback do a good job of analyzing American democracy and suggesting real world, practical suggestions to assist public officials. Their book should benefit all officeholders -- regardless of party and philosophy.
Joseph Lieberman U.S. Senator from Connecticut Whether you are working on the inside as a public official or on the outside as a political activist, this book promises to show the way towards achieving one's goals in the public sector.
Christine Todd Whitman Governor of New Jersey You Won -- Now What? will be a great help to newly elected public officials.
Forrest Sawyer ABC News You Won -- Now What? takes over where the voters finish. It addresses the most important, and often most ignored, aspects of government -- getting the job done.
Richard J. Riordan Mayor of Los Angeles If you care about making government work, read this book.
From the Back Cover
As public officials fail to deliver their campaign promises -- and voter cynicism skyrockets -- a simple explanation has become widely accepted: Government is broken. If only we could fix this system, voters hope, our democracy would work the way it was designed. But is government broken, or are the people we hire each Election Day not up to the job?
You Won -- Now What? turns the tables on the government-reform debate. The answer is not to reinvent government but to reinvent government officials.
Taegan D. Goddard and Christopher Riback use real-life stories to analyze the failures and successes of politicians from every level of government. Drawing on these examples, the authors identify the eight traits of effective public officials. These commonsense solutions prove that government is personal: good people can make a difficult system work. You Won -- Now What? explains to politicians and voters alike how government works -- and how it can work better.
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Ye, as this book shows very well, there are elected and appointed officials across the nation who are succeeding everday. The book takes examples from the local, state and federal levels and draws unique lessons about what makes our government tick.
The book is also extremely well written. Highly recommended.
This book answers that question and gives newly-elected politicians, their appointees and citizens a guide to running their governments. It should be read by any political junkie who wonders why our governments seem paralyzed after the elections are over.
From the getgo YWNW focuses not on faddish trickery, but on how to make sure government GOVERNS, not just pays it lip service. Using a host of examples of government (state and federal) ideas gone wrong and right, the authors extract simple rules and 'tips'. The good news is that these tips are helpful, astute and right on the money.
The big problem- overwhelming, actually since it cost the book 3 stars- is the proportion of anecdotes to substantial analysis. Each chapter starts off with a 5-6 paragraph anecdote relating to the chapters theme, be it government takeoves, or the importance of vision. After the example, instead of the authors giving you the 'moral' of the story and connecting it to the theme, they give you another 5-6 paragraph anecdote. If your lucky, the authors will tell us what these examples have in common in a 2-3 paragraph conclusion, which occasionally is only another anecdote. If your luckier, you will only have to swim through 4 more stories before you get there. Stories and real life examples can make books more fun and interesting, but when there is a poverty of analysis and explanation in a book like this, it sort of defeats the point.
Unfortunately, I can't think of any better books to take it's place. As mentioned above, most others revolve around management fads and substance-less pep-talks. My reccomendation is to buy this one (possibly used) and read only the very beginning and very end of the chapters. Only then, if you've not grasped the chapters theme, read the anecdotes.