Why Governments Get It Wrong

Dennis C. Grube

07 September 2023
256 pages


Now with new Preface.

'This humane, accessible and lucid work will enlighten any voter, and remind any would-be – or currently serving – politician of the pitfalls to avoid' – TLS

As the list of U-turns grows ever longer, the cost of living crisis intensifies and mortgage rates rise, we really need those in charge to get it right. In Why Governments Get It Wrong, Cambridge's Professor Dennis C. Grube gives a timely and incisive examination of the pitfalls, failures and successes of those in power around the world.

We live in an era when we really need governments to be effective – the economy, our health and the future of the planet are at stake – but so often they can seem clueless, and their decisions leave us confused.

With insight and wit, Grube explains how governments can improve their decision-making and, by examining fascinating case studies, he highlights the key factors that make for effective government.

With the stakes higher than ever before, this original and important book is an essential read for any concerned citizen who wants to understand why governments make the wrong decisions and, crucially, what can be done about it.

'Convincing' – David Lammy MP

'A must-read' – Sebastian Payne, author of The Fall of Boris Johnson

‘Highly original and very entertaining' – Gavin Esler, author of How Britain Ends

'There is a real gap for this book' – Isabel Hardman, author of Why We Get the Wrong Politicians

Insightful . . . A timely book with accessibly provocative arguments
A fascinating and timely look at how government decisions affect our lives and how those in charge can do much better. A must-read
Engaging and accessible