Inside Job : How Government Insiders Subvert the Public Interest, Paperback / softback Book

Inside Job : How Government Insiders Subvert the Public Interest Paperback / softback


National decline is typically blamed on special interests from the demand side of politics corrupting a country's institutions.

The usual demand-side suspects include crony capitalists, consumer activists, economic elites, and labor unions.

Less attention is given to government insiders on the supply side of politics - rulers, elected officials, bureaucrats, and public employees.

In autocracies and democracies, government insiders have the motive, means, and opportunity to co-opt political power for their benefit and at the expense of national well-being.

Many storied empires have succumbed to such inside jobs.

Today, they imperil countries as different as China and the United States.

Democracy - government by the people - does not ensure government for the people.

Understanding how government insiders use their power to subvert the public interest - and how these negative consequences can be mitigated - is the topic of this book by Mark A.



  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 262 pages, 2 Tables, black and white; 1 Halftones, black and white
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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  • Category: Comparative politics
  • ISBN: 9781316607770



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