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Review: The Rule of Nobody

Alexis Carra, The University Bookman, July 27, 2014


It is obvious that the current system of government is failing—higher expenses, increased waste, and…

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Why Government Fails So Often

Timothy B. Clark, Government Executive, July 16, 2014


As Philip Howard also observes in The Rule of Nobody, citizens who don’t particularly trust government…

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The Bureaucratic Blob That Is Ruining America

Maureen Mackey, Fiscal Times, July 14, 2014


Law is supposed to be the foundation of freedom. In a crowded, anonymous world, I…

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Why Government Isn’t Working and How to Make it Better

Michael Barone, Washington Examiner, June 29, 2014


Government just doesn’t work very well. That’s the persuasive thesis of three important books published this year...

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Tipping Point: America’s Government Is Now Broken

Rob Garver, The Fiscal Times, June 26, 2014


Thursday’s Supreme Court decision sharply reined in the president’s ability to fill executive branch positions. It was an authority that was somewhat ill-defined in the past, which at least gave the president some room to maneuver. But no more.

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There’s No Common Sense Anymore

Lenore Skenazy, Reno Gazette-Journal, June 20, 2014


Fortunately--even amazingly--there is an alternative to this kind of bureaucratic lobotomy. As an example, Howard highlights what happened in Australia.

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The Landrieu Plan to Reform Bureaucracy

Quin Hillyer, New Orleans Advocate, June 24, 2014


Landrieu’s expressed goals match a growing national awareness, as explained by best-selling author and efficiency-reform advocate Philip K. Howard...

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Change of Heart

The Economist, June 19, 2014


Mr Howard’s new book...is a plea for America to embrace the same sort of broad, principles-based regulation...

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Nobody’s Fools

F.H. Buckley, American Spectator, June 15, 2014


Howard has written a splendid book, as entertaining as it is alarming, about a serious problem.

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When Leaders Can’t Lead

Timothy B. Clark, Government Executive, June 6, 2014


Howard has a sweeping vision of reform, encompassing simplification of regulatory regimes, more reliance on officials’ sense of what is right in particular circumstances, and less rote judicial review.

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What Broke Washington

Philip K. Howard, Washington Post, May 23, 2014


Americans know government is broken, but a vital piece of change is missing. The widespread public dissatisfaction has no center of gravity.

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Book Review: The Rule of Nobody

Kyle Peterson, Washington Times, May 18, 2014


Mr. Howard argues that in practice, attempting to address every permutation of public policy — in writing, before the fact — is a "bad form of central planning: that "values compliance over results."

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