The Next Government of the United States

The Next Government of the United States : Why Our Institutions Fail Us and How to Fix Them

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In this timely and compelling book, Donald F. Kettl demonstrates how the process of governance has fallen out of sync with the problems the government is trying to solve. Pick almost any recent domestic concern-waging a war, protecting our food supply and borders, providing health-care coverage for an aging population or relief after a devastating hurricane-and the standard response is to outsource most of the core tasks to thousands of independent contractors. The government foots the bill, but this strategy provides neither leadership nor accountability. Without anyone in charge, who can formulate innovative solutions to the increasingly complex problems the government faces? Kettl has answers, explaining with precision and clarity how a twenty-first century government must function in order to provide real solutions to the policy problems that face the United States.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 150 x 216 x 28mm | 391g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0393051129
  • 9780393051124
  • 2,217,015

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"Kettl's cogent and unbiased analysis of the failure of government institutions posits that current challenges, whether in health care or disaster response, have outgrown the capacity of monolithic government agencies, even while the size of government continues to swell..."
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About Donald F. Kettl

Preeminent public policy expert Donald F. Kettl is the director of the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of many books. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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