Published in September 2018, Government for the Public Good: The Surprising Science of Large-Scale Collective Action is a major work about the renewal of government – what it does and how it does it – in the face of the challenges of the twenty-first century.
In a time of global political ferment, established ideas are coming under renewed scrutiny. Chief among them is one of the dominant notions of our era: that we should entrust markets with many of the tasks previously carried out by government.
In this wide-ranging book, I go beyond anecdote and partisanship, delving deep into the latest research about the sweeping changes made to the public services that shape our collective lives. What I unearth is startling: it challenges established thinking on the effectiveness of market-based reforms and charts a new form of ‘deep’ democracy for the twenty-first century.
Refreshing and far-sighted, this stimulating book offers us a new way of thinking about government and how it can navigate the turbulent world ahead. Copies can be purchased in good bookstores or ordered from my publisher, Bridget Williams Books. For further news on the book and commentary on governmental and democratic issues, please sign up to my occasional email updates below.
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