Politics of Bad Ideas

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  • ISBN-13: 9780205600793
  • ISBN: 0205600794
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Publisher: Longman Publishing


Jones, Bryan D., Williams, Walter


"A lucid, convincing, and devastating critique of supply-side economics and a starve-the-beast route to shrinking the size of government. Jones and Williams document the high cost of the triumph of ideology over neutral competence in national policymaking and suggest ways of restoring honesty and responsibility to public finance in America." -THOMAS E. MANN,Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution, and co-author ofThe Broken Branch "Here's a good idea: Read ThePolitics of Bad Ideas. With care and without cant, Jones and Williamsan acclaimed political scientist and an accomplished policy experteviscerate the free lunch mantra of radical tax cutters. They show that the 'great tax cut delusion'has eroded not just our government's fiscal capacity, but also the health of our representative democracy." - JACOB S. HACKER,Professor of Political Science, Yale University, and authorofThe Great Risk Shift "This lively book is a clear window into the very soul of American politics. It helps explain how analysts convince themselves of the things they want to believe and why citizens so easily believe what they want to hear. It's at once a keen assessment of where we've been and a sharp look at the big, inescapable policy puzzles that lie ahead-and the challenges that America's political institutions face in trying to solve them." - DONALD F. KETTL, Director, Fels Institute of Government, University of Pennsylvania "The Politics of Bad Ideasis a ringing indictment of bad fiscal policy and an explanation of why and how bad fiscal policy persists. Writing with incisive clarity, Bryan Jones and Walter Williams present a lively description of the decline of evidence-based policy making and a principled defense of the classic concept of neutral competence among career policy makers. The Politics of Bad Ideasis an important contribution to political science, to public administration, and to policy analysis." - H. GEORGE FREDERICKSON, Stene Professor of Public Administration, University of Kansas ADDITIONAL PRAISE FOR THE POLITICS OF BAD IDEAS "In writing this book, Bryan Jones and Walter Williams have performed a valuable public service: they have laid out in clear terms the nexus of political and economic arguments underpinning debates over the economy and federal budget. No small achievement, since most such arguments are so ideologically driven and academic jargon-riven as to be unheard by any larger public. The authors are clear about their own preferences and they may well not persuade their opponents, but this book certainly deserves a large audience." -JOHN L. PALMER,University Professor, Maxwell School,Syracuse University "Jones and Williams provide a valuable and much needed critique of 'faith-based'analysis. This is essential reading for students of public policy." -GEORGE C. EDWARDS III,DistinguJones, Bryan D. is the author of 'Politics of Bad Ideas', published 2007 under ISBN 9780205600793 and ISBN 0205600794.

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