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Ways That Governing Can Work

The vignettes the authors use to illustrate the various policy traps are interesting aspects of the book. The back story to the health care reform effort in Massachusetts under then-Gov. Mitt Romney (R) is offered as a study on making public policy by including diverse viewpoints. Examples of government failure are not glossed over, though. One infamous example of a failed process is the Big Dig, Boston’s transportation boondoggle.

Undoubtedly, even if all members of the government, from the legislative side to the agency side, were required to read the book, Eggers and O’Leary’s aim of an effectual government wouldn’t automatically happen.

However, in the age of books laden with ideology and politics, the book represents an important first step in thinking differently. The divide between the legislative world of Congress and the implementation side of the bureaucracy is in desperate need of being bridged. Eggers and O’Leary have started to build that bridge.

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