Revolution at the Roots: Making Our Government Smaller, Better, and Closer to Home

Revolution at the Roots: Making Our Government Smaller, Better, and Closer to Home

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By (author) William D Eggers, By (author) John O'Leary

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  • Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: Hardback | 422 pages
  • Dimensions: 165mm x 244mm x 35mm | 780g
  • Publication date: 25 September 1995
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0028740270
  • ISBN 13: 9780028740270

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Reason Foundation analysts William Eggers and John O'Leary spent two years traveling America's political frontier, taking the nation's political pulse. They heard a single message: "To forge a better society we need to make government dramatically smaller, more efficient, and closer to the people it is intended to serve." More importantly, they met many revolutionaries who are doing just that. In "Revolution at the Roots, " you'll find out not just what's wrong with American government, but how Americans can fix it. With engaging and witty style, the authors chronicle scores of exciting examples of those pushing the boundaries of radical change. You'll meet the new breed of political leaders who are shaking up the status quo, from governors such as New Jersey's Christine Todd Whitman and Wisconsin's Tommy Thompson to California's Pete Wilson. You'll also meet the big-city mayors, Democrat and Republican alike, who are standing up to entrenched interests and shrinking bureaucracies. But it is America's people, not her politicians, who are truly the driving force for change. You'll hear the story of James Chapman, the Indianapolis cab driver who fought City Hall -- and won. You'll learn why Sister Connie Driscoll, who runs a Chicago homeless shelter, won't accept government funds. You'll read about the gray-haired citizen volunteers who assist with San Diego's pathbreaking community policing program. Big Government is on the way out, and something must replace it. Eggers and O'Leary lay out common-sense principles for bringing the state back to the people: Focus on core functions Devolve power to communities and individuals Radically decentralize Embrace competition Set limits on government growth They go on to show how these principles can improve government's response to the major issues of our time, from crime to welfare, from education to the economy. The future of America can be found beyond the Beltway, where fresh ideas are renewing America's great democratic experiment. The positive, practical vision of "Revolution at the Roots" is the road map to better government that America is searching for as it approaches the 21st century.

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Mayor Stephen Goldsmith, Indianapolis "Revolution at the Roots" is an excellent hands-on account of the new governance.