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
- Publication Date: 10/03/2017
- Category: Comparative politics
- ISBN: 9781316607770