EBOOK ó EPUB Government's End Why Washington Stopped Working ä 9781891620492

MOBI ï Government's End Why Washington Stopped Working ☆ Jonathan Rauch

MOBI ï Government's End Why Washington Stopped Working ☆ Jonathan Rauch Easingly ineffective Today as Rauch's predictions continue to manifest themselves in a national politics of sound and fury and little effective legislation and in increasing voter cynicism this book has achieved renown as the classic and essential work on why politics and government don't work In Government's End Rauch has completely rewritten and updated his earlier work to reassess his theory analyze the political stalemate of A good book that reduces Washington to many groups of people who fight for their piece of the pie Whoever can make the best argument gets a bigger slice Rauch points out how seemingly every single occupation is represented by a special interest group In the old days you had a few people rich people with influence inside the Beltway Now everyone has a voice They are lobbyistsRauch points out the failures of Reagan Clinton and Gingrich and just exactly what it takes to change things Any radical swing in either direction is comparable to disturbing an ant bed Lobbyists and activists mobilize to restore the status uo All in all it was an interesting perspective on Washington and why change is best done in slow small increments

EPUB Government's End Why Washington Stopped Working

EBOOK ó EPUB Government's End Why Washington Stopped Working ä 9781891620492 Ë ❰PDF / Epub❯ ☁ Government's End Why Washington Stopped Working Author Jonathan Rauch – Dogsalonbristol.co.uk An earlier edition of this extraordinarily prescient elegantly written book crea The last few years and explain why sweeping reform efforts of the kind led by Ronald Reagan Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich aren't the answers He also looks ahead at what is likely to happen or not happen next and proposes ideas for what we must do to fix the system For anyone who cares about the health of American democracy and indeed of international security Government's End is a fascinating disturbing and vitally important boo In a few years when we are all scratching our heads and asking why Republican ambitions to reformdownsize government have failed this book will go a good ways toward answering that uestions An extremely cogent and nonpartisan argument about the role of special interests in guaranteeing gov't growth Brilliant

Jonathan Rauch ☆ Government's End Why Washington Stopped Working PDF

Government's End Why Washington Stopped WorkingAn earlier edition of this extraordinarily prescient elegantly written book created a sensation among Washington media insiders when it was published than five years ago under the title Demosclerosis In it Jonathan Rauch a former correspondent for The Economist and a columnist for National Journal showed with startling clarity the reasons why America's political system and in fact other political systems as well was becoming incr I read this book a year or two ago and have been meaning to give it a proper review I finally got around to itRauch’s basic argument in Government’s End can be summarized as follows Special interest groups are bad They are bad because they engage in lobbying rent seeking which is economically wasteful and unproductive and they stymie government by preventing it from being flexible from acting nimbly and decisively He concludes that regardless of the motives of different groups the end result of their actions is the same an enfeebling of government As much as I agree that special interest groups are problematic I was just not convinced by Rauch's argument that they are all eually harmfulPerhaps the problem is not the presence of special interest itself but the assumption that all special interest results in the same negative effect If one believes like Rauch that no motives serve a better public good than others then this would be stymieing indeed for any government trying to act In fact it would be impossible to even know which groups to excise to remove the enfeebling cancerous areas of government If we extend Rauch’s cancer metaphor imagine a doctor faced with a patient who exhibits symptoms of cancer; however the source of that cancer is undeterminable That doctor can like Rauch decide that all tissues and organs are eually culpable in the malady and so cutting out a liver a heart a hand a foot will have the same result as excising the cancer The other option is to do nothing Neither really addresses the issue that the cancer exists or at least that the patient is exhibiting symptoms which are cause for concernThis points to the weakness of Rauch’s proposed solutions If the problem with American government is not for the most part a system which necessitates that politicians have deep pockets in order to survive and the problem is not politicians having too long tenures nor is it a general decline in the uality of American leadership from whence does the power of special interest groups arise? How is it that they are able to “hold government hostage” so to speak and calcify the mechanisms of change? If this mysterious source of their power is not identified why should anyone suppose that making government smaller will be the answer? What this highlights is that special interest groups in a democracy are not at all like barnacles on the bulwark of government nor are they life sucking parasites on the jugular of the host The first implies a kind of commensalism with interest groups gaining benefit from latching on to government while government is taxed but is ultimately unharmed The second implies that government would be healthy but for the presence of special interest groups Yet if special interest groups are the American public itself then it is impossible for any democratic government to exist without its constituents Such a government signifies nothing In the spectrum of special interest groups there are certainly some frivolous hangers on and some deadly parasites but the relationship between government and special interest groups is by and large a mutualistic one Shaking off special interest groups like a bracing dash of sea water is not simply a uestion of revitalizing the body politic but radically altering the body politic itself an option which is in fact not as moderate a solution as Rauch suggests The point of all this is not to deny that Americans now than ever have a keen sense that something is not uite right in the relationship between the people and the government However isolating one aspect of government such as special interest groups without systematically examining the interconnected historical social economic and institutional conditions acting to produce a phenomenon is a self defeating exercise That is why despite Rauch’s calls for change all we are left with is the uneasy notion that government has not “ended” as he suggests but that the only way to revitalize it is either to do away with democratic government itself or to wish for some violent social upheaval such as the kind Germany South Korea and Japan experienced Most people would find this an unacceptable option So what are we left with? We can't uite put our finger on the problem but given the choices presented we shrug and say “well that's the way it is which in the end is what Rauch concludes himself