9780762791583

City of Rivals Restoring the Glorious Mess of American Democracy

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  • ISBN13:

    9780762791583

  • ISBN10:

    0762791586

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 9/9/2014
  • Publisher: Lyons Press
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Summary

Forty years ago the Watergate scandal deeply wounded Americans’ faith in government. Since then, good-government reformers and big-government opponents have been on a shared mission to make everything transparent. The problem is that too much light is scaring Congressmen away from making the tough choices necessary to govern in the national interest. It’s no secret that the backrooms are where things get done and where politicians can collaborate without reprisal. In City of Rivals, Grumet boldly presents a new way forward in his first book, a must-read for all who care about our country’s future.
 
America is once again gripped by fear that we are falling behind and fast. Unlike the Soviet threat that shook our nation a half century ago, the menace today is homegrown. On issues of national importance, the two parties in Congress appear incapable of working together. Whether the threat is competition from China, crumbling infrastructure, or rising debt, Washington’s legitimacy to govern and capacity to solve problems are in doubt.
 
The Bipartisan Policy Center’s president, Jason Grumet, tackles this issue head-on by challenging the conventional diagnosis of the current gridlock. Rather than lamenting our differences, Grumet offers practical steps to govern a polarized nation, and he explores the unintended consequences of past reform movements.
 

Author Biography

Jason Grumet is the founder and president of the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) which promotes bipartisan solutions to the country’s public policy challenges. From 2001-2011 Grumet directed the National Commission on Energy Policy. A frequent witness at Congressional hearings, he regularly appears in print and electronic media. He has a BA from Brown University and his J.D. from Harvard University.

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