Why is government getting it so wrong? Richard Bacon and Christopher Hope delve into the astonishing world of cock-ups and catastrophes and ponder why those at the top continue to fall short.
Author: Richard Bacon
Publisher: Biteback Publishing
Government failure is affecting everyone. The single mum worried sick by a tax credit demand from HMRC to 'repay' thousands of pounds she never received; the family whose holiday was ruined because the Passport Office couldn't issue passports in time; the school that couldn't open at the start of term because CRB checks were being carried out by an organisation in meltdown; the farmers led to bankruptcy and even suicide by a Kafkaesque system for administering farm payments; and rail operators facing an uncertain future because the Department for Transport inadvertently landed the whole rail franchising system in chaos. Why is government getting it so wrong? Richard Bacon and Christopher Hope delve into the astonishing world of cock-ups and catastrophes and ponder why those at the top continue to fall short.
Author: Alex Frith (Children's author)Publish On: 2018
Children and adults alike will find this book interesting and approachable thanks to its ""dip-in and out"" style."
Author: Alex Frith (Children's author)
Category: Comparative government
Many people will disagree when discussing politics in polite conversation. But understanding it is essential if you're going to understand the world around you. Politics help people decide how to run cities and countries, and how even the simplest decisions in society get made. There are politics involved in almost every aspect of your daily life.
The purpose of this research is to examine existing programs that confer property rights to learn what requirements shape them.
Author: Elizabeth S. Rolph
Category: Government property
The purpose of this research is to examine existing programs that confer property rights to learn what requirements shape them. We expect that if we can identify patterns in the design of such policies, these patterns will, in turn, suggest the political imperatives that constrain program design decisions. As a first cut in exploring the constraints underlying the design of regulatory programs that confer property rights, I have chosen to examine only the essential features of a relatively large sample of programs. I chose this option on the premise that the larger sample demonstrates patterns more effectively than in-depth analyses of a few cases would. Our sample includes 12 cases selected primarily because they were well-known and information on them was readily available. The oldest case in the group is a regulatory program that has been in force since 1927. The newest cases are still in their formative stages. The cases have been chosen from the narrow range of programs where a property right has been conferred to achieve a regulatory goal, although individually the programs may have varying purposes and designs. Three elements appear to determine the basic structure of a regulatory program that confers rights; who the recipient is, how much he receives, and what he receives.
This book analyzes the dynamics and unique qualities of Trump’s administrative presidency in the important policy areas of health care, education, and climate change.
Author: Frank J. Thompson
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
Category: Political Science
How Trump has used the federal government to promote conservative policies The presidency of Donald Trump has been unique in many respects—most obviously his flamboyant personal style and disregard for conventional niceties and factual information. But one area hasn’t received as much attention as it deserves: Trump’s use of the “administrative presidency,” including executive orders and regulatory changes, to reverse the policies of his predecessor and advance positions that lack widespread support in Congress. This book analyzes the dynamics and unique qualities of Trump’s administrative presidency in the important policy areas of health care, education, and climate change. In each of these spheres, the arrival of the Trump administration represented a hostile takeover in which White House policy goals departed sharply from the more “liberal” ideologies and objectives of key agencies, which had been embraced by the Obama administration. Three expert authors show how Trump has continued, and even expanded, the rise of executive branch power since the Reagan years. The authors intertwine this focus with an in-depth examination of how the Trump administration’s hostile takeover has drastically changed key federal policies—and reshaped who gets what from government—in the areas of health care, education, and climate change. Readers interested in the institutions of American democracy and the nation’s progress (or lack thereof) in dealing with pressing policy problems will find deep insights in this book. Of particular interest is the book’s examination of how the Trump administration’s actions have long-term implications for American democracy.
This book shows examples of effective KSAs that have worked for real people. The book doesn't simply "tell how" to write KSAs; it actually "shows how" to write KSAs in sample after sample related to multiple fields.
Author: Anne McKinney
Category: Business & Economics
This book is designed to help people who seek their first federal government job as well as federal employees who want to advance in the system. The process of getting a government job often involves preparing complex applications, and those applications frequently require written statements or "elements" which are called "Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities" or KSAs. In the competitive hiring process, the individual who gets hired for the federal job usually has the best KSAs. This book shows examples of effective KSAs that have worked for real people. The book doesn't simply "tell how" to write KSAs; it actually "shows how" to write KSAs in sample after sample related to multiple fields. This book will do a great deal to make the federal hiring process understandable as it illuminates one of the most complex features of getting a government job: writing the KSAs or "elements," as they are often called. Praise for other titles in the Government Jobs Series and Real-Resumes Series:"Distinguished by highly readable samples." - Library Journal“A guide that significantly translates veterans' experience into viable repertoires of achievement.” –Booklist“This thoughtful resource should come as a welcome and valuable tool.” –Small Press“Those picking up this book will be looking for specific references. Most likely they will find what they're looking for. Written in clear, practical terms.” –Independent Publisher“A complex process suddenly made simpler. Recommended for anyone seeking a federal job.” –Veteran's VoiceTestimonials from people who have successfully used this book:"Getting into the federal government system is a complex process, and that process is made easier by the guidance in this book." J. Lampros, book reviewer"How to write effective KSAs mystified me until I followed the formats provided by the Government Jobs Series." P. Allessio, government employee"Some books talk about what you need to put into KSAs. This book shows what to do in sample after sample, and the real examples helped me get a big promotion." J. Sadisamo, government employee"After I left military service as an NCO, I tried for a year to get into the federal system. One day I got hold of this book and rewrote my KSAs so that my experience was translated into understandable terminology. That made all the difference, and I am now a GS-13 in Washington, DC." A. Brown, federal employee“I had been wrestling with KSAs for more than two years when I discovered this book. It was like a light bulb turned on. Through the samples in this book, I saw the rhythm and flow of the KSAs when they are highly effective, and I decided to grind it out by following the samples. I will never like writing KSAs but I know how to write them now so that I get selected for an interview, thanks to this book.” P. McIlheny
The authors of Mississippi Government and Politics go beyond the stereotyped view of the Magnolia State to consider the dramatic social, economic, and political changes taking place there in recent years.
Author: Dale Krane
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
Category: Political Science
The authors of Mississippi Government and Politics go beyond the stereotyped view of the Magnolia State to consider the dramatic social, economic, and political changes taking place there in recent years. Yet the past is inextricably bound up with the present, as Dale Krane and Stephen D. Shaffer make clear in developing their central theme: the ongoing clash in Mississippi between traditionalists intent on preserving the status quo and progressives who have grown up with the civil rights movement. Based in part on public opinion polls measuring the attitudes of Mississippians over a decade, Mississippi Government and Politics presents a vivid social history and analysis of the state's executive, legislative, and judicial branches. Krane and Shaffer have contributed chapters on the culture of Mississippi, the origins and evolution of its ruling class, and efforts to modernize the economy and to bring more blacks and poor whites into the power structure. Krane writes about the struggle over public policy, or "who gets what, " and the highly ambivalent attitude of Mississippians toward the federal government. Shaffer addresses the shifting allegiances of political parties in the state and the role of interest groups in effecting change. The contributors include leading political scientists and public administrators. Tip H. Allen, Jr., looks at the century-old, much-amended constitution, and Douglas G. Feig considers the dominance of the legislature and the winds of change blowing through it. Thomas H. Handy describes the traditionally weak governorship. Diane E. Wall threads her way through the antiquated judicial system. Edward J. Clynch sizes up tax Policy, and Gerald Gabris delves intothe dynamics of local government. The result is the most comprehensive and authoritative book on Mississippi political culture in many years.
Each year unelected federal administrators write thousands of regulations possessing the force of law.
Author: Jennifer Bachner
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Category: Political Science
Each year unelected federal administrators write thousands of regulations possessing the force of law. What do these civil servants know about the American people whom they ostensibly serve? Not much, according to this enlightening and disturbing study. The authors surveyed federal agency officials, congressional and White House staffers, and employees of various policy-making organizations about their attitudes toward and knowledge of the public. They found a significant chasm between what official Washington assumes they know about average Americans and the actual opinions and attitudes of American citizens. Even in such basic areas as life circumstances (e.g., income levels, employment, racial makeup) the surveys revealed surprising inaccuracies. And when it comes to policy issues--on such crucial issues as defense, crime, social security, welfare, public education, and the environment--officials' perceptions of the public's knowledge and positions are often wide of the mark. Compounding this ignorance is a pervasive attitude of smug dismissiveness toward the citizenry and little sense of accountability. As a result, bureaucrats tend to follow their own preferences without much reference to the opinions of the public. The authors conclude with recommendations to narrow the gap between official perceptions of the American public and the actual facts. These include shorter terms, rotation from the Washington beltway to local offices, compulsory training in the responsibilities of public office, and better civic education for ordinary citizens in the realities of government and politics.
In their latest collaboration, public affairs writer Lisa Hrabluk and John McLaughlin, president emeritus of the University of New Brunswick, show how citizens, government and corporations can work together to solve our most complicated – ...
Author: Lisa Hrabluk
Publisher: Wicked Ideas
Category: Political Science
Ignored, abused and sued: that's the state of the Government of New Brunswick's relationship with its citizens in 2014. How the heck did we get here and what are we going to do about it? In their latest collaboration, public affairs writer Lisa Hrabluk and John McLaughlin, president emeritus of the University of New Brunswick, show how citizens, government and corporations can work together to solve our most complicated – and controversial – issues.
This textbook has been used in classes at: Metropolitan College of New York, University of Central Oklahoma, Bucks County Community College, University of South Carolina? Beaufort, Delaware County Community College, Collin College?
Category: Political science
Our text is a comprehensive introduction to the vital subject of American government and politics. Governments decide who gets what, when, how (See Harold D. Lasswell, Politics: Who Gets What, When, How, [New York: McGraw-Hill, 1936]); they make policies and pass laws that are binding on all a society?s members; they decide about taxation and spending, benefits and costs, even life and death. Governments possess power?the ability to gain compliance and to get people under their jurisdiction to obey them?and they may exercise their power by using the police and military to enforce their decisions. However, power need not involve the exercise of force or compulsion; people often obey because they think it is in their interest to do so, they have no reason to disobey or they fear punishment. Above all, people obey their government because it has authority; its power is seen by people as rightfully held, as legitimate. People can grant their government legitimacy because they have been socialized to do so; because there are processes, such as elections, that enable them to choose and change their rulers; and because they believe that their governing institutions operate justly. Politics is the process by which leaders are selected and policy decisions are made and executed. It involves people and groups, both inside and outside of government, engaged in deliberation and debate, disagreement and conflict, cooperation and consensus and power struggles. In covering American government and politics, our text introduces the intricacies of the Constitution, the complexities of federalism, the meanings of civil liberties and the conflicts over civil rights; explains how people are socialized to politics, acquire and express opinions and participate in political life; describes interest groups, political parties and elections?the intermediaries that link people to government and politics; details the branches of government and how they operate; and shows how policies are made and affect people?s lives. This textbook has been used in classes at: Metropolitan College of New York, University of Central Oklahoma, Bucks County Community College, University of South Carolina? Beaufort, Delaware County Community College, Collin College? Spring Creek, Austin Community College? Northridge, Randolph College, Columbia Gorge Community College, Central Christian College, Thomas More College, Orange Coast College, San Bernardina Valley College, Southwestern College? Chula Vista, De Anza College, Shasta College, Jacksonville University, Northeastern University, University of Baltimore, Southern New Hampshire University, Seattle Central Community College, Edmonds Community College, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Brazosport College, Sul Ross State University, Odessa College, California State University? Monterey Bay, University of Texas? Arlington, Chabot College, Portland Community College? Cascade, Athens High School, Dalat International School, Paradise Education Center, St. Teresa's Academy, South Broward High School, Academy of the Sacred Heart, St. Ignatius College Preparatory, Henrico County Public Schools, Blue Ridge High School, Newell High School, Southern New Hampshire University, American University in Bulgaria, Miami Springs Senior High School, Seattle Central Community College, Milaca High School, Rock Canyan High School, Media Arts Collaborative Charter School, Susan E. Wagner High School, St. Monica's University, Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory.
The examination finds that these subsidies, too, are highly regressive and that a fee-reduction approach to improving access will in fact aggravate the overall problem of too many subsidies going to high-income families. (Contains 19 ...