Why Governments Get It Wrong
Sometimes governments seem clueless. At other times, they are able to project a sense of calm competence. Some decisions leave people confused, whilst others make sense even to those who oppose them. Why?
Why Governments Get it Wrong argues that governments are at their most effective when they get their ducks in a row. There are four elements to policymaking that need to be aligned for a policy to be a success, but so often it goes wrong – from the UK school exam fiasco during the pandemic, to the disastrous second US-led invasion of Iraq, and Canada’s support for asbestos mining when it was known to be highly toxic.
Politics is a tough business. Once elected, governing well is even tougher. But governments and their policies have a huge effect on our lives, even more so when they get it wrong, sometimes leaving us angry, poorer or in ill-health. By examining where governments get it wrong and also their successes, renowned Cambridge academic Dennis C. Grube shows there is a way for governments to get it right and improve all our lives in the process.
Insightful . . . A timely book with accessibly provocative arguments
Steve Richards, author of The Prime Ministers We Never Had
A fascinating and timely look at how government decisions affect our lives and how those in charge can do much better. A must-read
Sebastian Payne, author of Broken Heartlands
Engaging and accessible
Ivor Crewe, co-author of The Blunders of Our Governments