A Future of 'Endemic Failure'? Review of 'Why Government Fails So Often' by Peter Schuck

Forthcoming in Journal of Policy Analysis and Management

Suffolk University Law School Research Paper No. 14-40

9 Pages Posted: 23 Nov 2014 Last revised: 9 Nov 2015

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Alasdair S. Roberts

University of Massachusetts Amherst - School of Public Policy

Date Written: November 20, 2014

Abstract

In 'Why Government Fails So Often', Yale law professor Peter Schuck explains that he has spent most of his professional life engaged in the practice and study of public policy. He had a firsthand view of how the field of public policy analysis developed over forty years, and this book is an outstanding exposition of what scholars in that field learned in those decades. Some lessons, according to Schuck: The design and implementation of public policy is much more difficult than was appreciated in the early 1970s. The federal government is a vast and growing graveyard of failed programs. And there is no good prospect that the performance of federal agencies will improve any time soon.

Suggested Citation

Roberts, Alasdair S., A Future of 'Endemic Failure'? Review of 'Why Government Fails So Often' by Peter Schuck (November 20, 2014). Forthcoming in Journal of Policy Analysis and Management; Suffolk University Law School Research Paper No. 14-40. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2529482

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