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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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Control Freaks, Jerks, Legal Morass Animate Howard

Manuela Hoelterhoff, Bloomberg, May 19, 2014


We now have several billion words of binding law and regulation. Any one law or regulation is beyond the capacity of even a team of lawyers to understand.

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When Justice Drowns in the Law

Amanda Foreman, Wall Street Journal, May 16, 2014


Author and historian Amanda Foreman cites The Rule of Nobody in an essay on how justice suffers with too much law.

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Reinstate Common Sense in Government

Paula Dockery, The Ledger (FL), May 21, 2014


The problem: No one feels empowered to actually make a decision, based on the facts of the individual case, unless it fits neatly into a predetermined rule, which is unlikely.

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