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Government for the Public Good: The Surprising Science of Large-Scale Collective Action: 2018

Government for the Public Good: The Surprising Science of Large-Scale Collective Action: 2018
 

Max Rashbrooke goes beyond anecdote and ideology, delving deep into the latest research about the sweeping changes made to the public services that shape our lives together. What he unearths is startling, suggesting that the market-based reforms have often been a failure, and tha... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781988545080
Published 13 September 2018 by Bridget Williams Books
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Rashbrooke, Max
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ISBN-13 9781988545080
ISBN-10 1988545080
Stock Available
Status In-stock at publisher; ships 3-10 working days
Publisher Bridget Williams Books
Imprint Bridget Williams Books
Publication Date 13 September 2018
International Publication Date 14 September 2018
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Rashbrooke, Max
Category Social Welfare & Social Services
Politics & Government
Political Science & Theory
Central Government
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 344
Dimensions Width: 170mm
Height: 240mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Current Affairs & Issues
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 320.993
Catalogue Code 944608

Description of this Book

Fast-paced, globally informed and wittily written - Professor Danny Dorling, Oxford University One of the epochal shifts of the last 40 years has been to entrust markets with many of the tasks previously carried out by government. The success of this shift is so often assumed that people have rarely stopped to ask the most fundamental question: has it actually worked? In this wide-ranging book, Max Rashbrooke goes beyond anecdote and ideology, delving deep into the latest research about the sweeping changes made to the public services that shape our lives together. What he unearths is startling, suggesting that the market-based reforms have often been a failure, and that classic government action is surprisingly effective. Drawing on the latest international thinking, Rashbrooke argues that if government is to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century, the answer lies not with more markets but greater democracy. As he demonstrates, deep democratic discussion and citizen participation are already transforming public services around the globe and creating a kind of government fit for the modern world. Refreshing and keenly well-informed, this stimulating book offers New Zealanders a new way of thinking about government and how it can navigate the turbulent world ahead.

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Author's Bio

Max Rashbrooke is a journalist, author and academic based in Wellington. His first book, Inequality: A New Zealand Crisis (2013), was a bestseller and helped shift national discussion of income inequality to a new level. Two subsequent shorter books, The Inequality Debate (2014) and Wealth and New Zealand (2015), affirmed Max's position as one of New Zealand's leading researchers and commentators. Max is also a research associate of the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. He has twice been the recipient of the Bruce Jesson Senior Journalism Award, and was a 2015 Winston Churchill Fellow.

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