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The Resource What Washington gets wrong : the unelected officials who actually run the government and their misconceptions about the American people, Jennifer Bachner, Benjamin Ginsberg

What Washington gets wrong : the unelected officials who actually run the government and their misconceptions about the American people, Jennifer Bachner, Benjamin Ginsberg

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What Washington gets wrong : the unelected officials who actually run the government and their misconceptions about the American people
Title
What Washington gets wrong
Title remainder
the unelected officials who actually run the government and their misconceptions about the American people
Statement of responsibility
Jennifer Bachner, Benjamin Ginsberg
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Language
eng
Summary
"Each year unelected federal administrators write thousands of regulations possessing the force of law. What do these civil servants know about the American people whom they ostensibly serve? Not much, according to this enlightening and disturbing study. The authors surveyed federal agency officials, congressional and White House staffers, and employees of various policy-making organizations about their attitudes toward and knowledge of the public. They found a significant chasm between what official Washington assumes they know about average Americans and the actual opinions and attitudes of American citizens. Even in such basic areas as life circumstances (e.g., income levels, employment, racial makeup) the surveys revealed surprising inaccuracies. And when it comes to policy issues--on such crucial issues as defense, crime, social security, welfare, public education, and the environment--officials' perceptions of the public's knowledge and positions are often wide of the mark. Compounding this ignorance is a pervasive attitude of smug dismissiveness toward the citizenry and little sense of accountability. As a result, bureaucrats tend to follow their own preferences without much reference to the opinions of the public. The authors conclude with recommendations to narrow the gap between official perceptions of the American public and the actual facts. These include shorter terms, rotation from the Washington beltway to local offices, compulsory training in the responsibilities of public office, and better civic education for ordinary citizens in the realities of government and politics"--Provided by publisher
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DLC
Dewey number
351.73
Illustrations
charts
Index
index present
LC call number
JK421
LC item number
.B25 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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What Washington gets wrong : the unelected officials who actually run the government and their misconceptions about the American people, Jennifer Bachner, Benjamin Ginsberg
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
304 pages
Isbn
9781633882492
Lccn
2016020434
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
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charts
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  • ocn958205289
  • (OCoLC)958205289
Label
What Washington gets wrong : the unelected officials who actually run the government and their misconceptions about the American people, Jennifer Bachner, Benjamin Ginsberg
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
304 pages
Isbn
9781633882492
Lccn
2016020434
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
charts
System control number
  • ocn958205289
  • (OCoLC)958205289

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