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Restoring the Public Trust 9780807043066

Restoring the Public Trust

A Fresh Vision for Progressive Government in America

ISBN-10: 0807043060
ISBN-13: 9780807043066
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PUBLISHER: Beacon Press
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Product Description: Why have so many Americans lost faith in government? Why have we given up on philosophies and visions of public life? One reason, Peter Brown argues, is the dominance over more than a decade of the right's impoverished ideas of minimal government. But as important, liberals and progressives - even after the 1992 election - have failed to offer a unified, value-based picture of government's mission that can restore public commitment to public life. Restoring the Public Trust is meant to fill that gap. Restoring the Public Trust begins by outlining the mistakes of traditional approaches to public policy. Brown traces the history of the collapse of vision among liberals, and he gives a systematic, wide-ranging critique of conservative economist Milton Friedman's view of government's role. He also analyzes what is fundamentally wrong with centrist welfare-state economics' understanding of the relationship between government and the market. Out of those critiques comes a proposal for an alternative model of governmental responsibility: Brown urges us to see government as trustee for citizens and the environment. In the second part of the book he shows how a trust conception of government avoids the dangerous mistakes of conventional pictures; how it offers a revitalized framework for thinking about public responsibilities; and how it sets a specific progressive agenda for action on issues from environmental protection to national health care. Hard-hitting and forward-looking, combining public policy analysis with political philosophy in an engaging, readable way, Restoring the Public Trust is written for anyone concerned about the future of American government.

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PAGES: 240
CATEGORY: Political Science
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