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, Bostons 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 OLearys aim of an effectual government wouldnt 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 OLeary have started to build that bridge.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.