Simpler: The Future of Government

Simon & Schuster - Simpler is a “lucid, engaging treatment of behavioral economics that sees a role for the state in nudging humans towards rationality and responsibility. Drawing on state-of-the-art work in behavioral psychology and economics, Sunstein helped save the country more than $91 billion and an unknown number of lives.

. For four years one of the leading lights of that revolution, as President Obama’s “Regulatory Czar, Cass Sunstein, ” oversaw the brilliant and successful effort to give every American better government. Governments everywhere are undergoing a quiet and profound revolution: they’re getting simpler, more cost-effective, and focused on improved outcomes not politics.

Simpler: The Future of Government - In combination with cost-benefit analysis, by simplifying, nudges are already saving money, saving lives, and improving, government. Government became simpler, it became smarter. The result is a forthright, compelling vision of technocratic government that’s both efficient and humane” Publishers Weekly, starred review.

We don’t need big government or small government; we need better government. Cass sunstein, america’s “regulatory czar” under President Barack Obama, was at the center of it all. And it just may be “the most important book to come out of President Obama’s first term” Walter Isaacson. In “a remarkably fun, engaging read” Fortune.

It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism

Basic Books - Congress's approval ratings are at record lows, and both Democrats and Republicans are disgusted by the government's inability to get anything done. Without a fundamental change in the character and course of the Republican Party, we may have a long way to go before we hit rock bottom. Ornstein present a grim picture of how party polarization and tribal politics have led Congress—and the United States—to the brink of institutional failure.

In this revised edition, the authors bring their seminal book up-to-date in a political environment that is more divided than ever. Mann and Norman J. Hyperpartisanship has gridlocked the American government. The underlying dynamics of the situation—extremist republicans holding government hostage to their own ideological, anti-government beliefs—have only gotten worse, further bolstering their argument that Republicans are not merely ideologically different from Democrats, but engaged in a unique form of politics that undermines the system itself.

It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism - In it's even worse than It Looks, Congressional scholars Thomas E. Basic Books.

Valuing Bureaucracy: The Case for Professional Government

Cambridge University Press - By highlighting the leadership that already exists in the career ranks, to make government, like America, or even eagerness, Verkuil senses a willingness, great again. Viewing the turn to contractors and private sector solutions in ideological and functional terms, he acknowledges that the problem cannot be solved without meaningful civil service reforms that make it easier to hire, incent and, where necessary, fire career employees and officials.

When decisions that should be taken by government officials are delegated to private contractors without adequate oversight, the public interest is jeopardized. Basic Books. To be effective, government must be run by professional managers. The indispensable goal is to revitalize bureaucracy so it can continue to competently deliver essential services.

Valuing Bureaucracy: The Case for Professional Government - Verkuil uses his inside perspectives on government performance and accountability to examine the tendencies at both the federal and state levels to 'deprofessionalize' government.

Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness

Penguin Books - Unfortunately, we often choose poorly. But by knowing how people think, and our society, our families, we can use sensible “choice architecture” to nudge people toward the best decisions for ourselves, without restricting our freedom of choice. More than 750, 000 copies sold Basic Books. Sunstein show that no choice is ever presented to us in a neutral way, and that we are all susceptible to biases that can lead us to make bad decisions.

. Sunstein: a revelatory look at how we make decisions—for fans of malcolm gladwell’s blink and daniel kahneman’s Thinking Fast and SlowNew York Times bestseller Named a Best Book of the Year by The Economist and the Financial TimesEvery day we make choices—about what to buy or eat, about financial investments or our children’s health and education, even about the causes we champion or the planet itself.

Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness - From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, Richard H. Nudge is about how we make these choices and how we can make better ones. Using dozens of eye-opening examples and drawing on decades of behavioral science research, Nobel Prize winner Richard H. Thaler, and Cass R. Great product! Thaler and harvard Law School professor Cass R.

The Economics Anti-Textbook: A Critical Thinker's Guide to Microeconomics

Zed Books - Basic Books. It puts the controversy and excitement back into economics to reveal a fascinating and a vibrant field of study - one which is more an 'art of persuasion' than it is a science. It shows the importance of power, social context, and legal framework. The economics anti-textbook is the students' guide to decoding the textbooks and shows how real economics is much more interesting than they let on.

Mainstream textbooks present economics as an objective science free from value judgements; that settles disputes relatively easily by testing hypotheses; that applies a settled body of principles; and contains policy prescriptions supported by a consensus of professional opinion. Drawing on the work of leading economists, the Anti-Textbook lays bare the blind spots in the texts and their sins of omission and commission.

The Economics Anti-Textbook: A Critical Thinker's Guide to Microeconomics - The anti-textbook argues that this is a myth - one which is not only dangerously misleading but also bland and boring. Great product! It shows the claims made without any evidence and the alternative theories that aren't mentioned. The anti-textbook's chapters parallel the major topics in the typical text.

. Used book in Good Condition. It shows where hidden value judgements are made and when contrary evidence is ignored.

The Cost-Benefit Revolution The MIT Press

The MIT Press - In the cost-benefit revolution, Cass Sunstein argues our major disagreements really involve facts, not values. Some people are alarmed about climate change and favor aggressive government intervention. Others don't feel the need for any sort of climate regulation. It follows that government policy should not be based on public opinion, intuitions, or pressure from interest groups, but on numbers―meaning careful consideration of costs and benefits.

Basic Books. Great product! Policies should make people's lives better. Will a policy save one life, and if so, if so, or one thousand lives? will it impose costs on consumers, and, precisely how much?As the Obama administration's “regulatory czar, will the costs be high or negligible? Will it hurt workers and small businesses, ” Sunstein knows his subject in both theory and practice.

The Cost-Benefit Revolution The MIT Press - Others argue that people should be able to eat and drink whatever they like. Used book in Good Condition. Some people feel passionately about the child obesity epidemic and support government regulation of sugary drinks. Why policies should be based on careful consideration of their costs and benefits rather than on intuition, popular opinion, interest groups, and anecdotes.

Opinions on government policies vary widely. Quantitative cost-benefit analysis, is the best available method for making this happen―even if, in the future, also explored in this book, new measures of human well-being, Sunstein argues, may be better still.

Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter

Harvard Business Review Press - We’ve all been involved in group decisions―and they’re hard. These approaches include silencing the leader so that the views of other group members can surface, thoughtfully assigning roles that are aligned with people’s unique strengths, rethinking rewards and incentives to encourage people to reveal their own knowledge, and more.

With examples from a broad range of organizations―from Google to the CIA―and written in an engaging and witty style, Wiser will not only enlighten you; it will help your team and your organization make better decisions―decisions that lead to greater success. Why are group decisions so hard?since the beginning of human history, and now as part of companies, school boards, governments, religious organizations, people have made decisions in groups―first in families and villages, or any one of countless other groups.

Used book in Good Condition. Basic Books. And they often turn out badly. Why? many blame bad decisions on “groupthink” without a clear idea of what that term really means. Now, nudge coauthor cass sunstein and leading decision-making scholar Reid Hastie shed light on the specifics of why and how group decisions go wrong―and offer tactics and lessons to help leaders avoid the pitfalls and reach better outcomes.

Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter - Great product! Right?Back to reality. In the first part of the book, as members follow what others say or dothey become polarized, rather than correct, individual errors in judgmentThey fall victim to cascade effects, adopting more extreme positions than the ones they began withThey emphasize what everybody knows instead of focusing on critical information that only a few people knowIn the second part of the book, they explain in clear and fascinating detail the distinct problems groups run into:They often amplify, the authors turn to straightforward methods and advice for making groups smarter.

The Supreme Court; Twelfth Edition

CQ Press - Great product! Delving deeply into personalities and procedures, author Lawrence Baum provides a balanced explanation of the Court’s actions and the behavior of its justices as he reveals its complexity, reach, and influence. Basic Books. Society. Used book in Good Condition. Cq press. The supreme court, examines all major aspects of the highest court in the nation,  Twelfth Edition, from the selection of justices and agenda creation to the decision-making process and the Court’s impact on government and U.

S. This new edition gives particular attention to current developments such as the impact of political polarization on the Court, the justices’ increasingly public roles, and recent rulings on same-sex marriage and health care.

Contemporary Policy Analysis

Oxford University Press - Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition. A groundbreaking interpretation of the field, Contemporary Policy Analysis offers a state-of-the art look at what policy analysts do and how they can make the world a better place. In addition, the chapters are enhanced by exercises and suggestions for class projects and policy research seminars.

Great product! Cq press. Each of these strategy chapters includes a step-by-step guide to performing the analysis, incorporating an example from the policy literature that follows the steps and shows how the strategy can illuminate current policy issues. The book is an indispensable resource for experienced policy analysts and an ideal core text for upper-level undergraduate and first-year graduate courses in policy analysis.

Contemporary Policy Analysis - Contemporary policy analysis works from a project orientation, providing a thorough and nontechnical overview of the key concepts and analytical strategies employed by policy analysts. The second section presents a set of core analytical strategies, cost-benefit analysis, government failure, featuring chapters on the analysis of markets, implementation analysis, market failure, comparative institutional analysis, and--unique to this survey--gender analysis and race analysis.

Basic Books. Opening with coverage of what policy analysts do, the first section of the book then discusses how to manage policy projects, present policy advice, what governments do, and government policy objectives, and perform ethical policy analysis.

The Ethics of Influence: Government in the Age of Behavioral Science Cambridge Studies in Economics, Choice, and Society

Cambridge University Press - Basic Books. Complementing the ethical discussion, the ethics of Influence: Government in the Age of Behavioral Science contains a wealth of new data on people's attitudes towards a broad range of nudges, choice architecture, and mandates. All over the world, reduce poverty, public officials are using the behavioral sciences to protect the environment, promote employment and economic growth, and increase national security.

Cambridge University Press. Cq press. Sunstein, the eminent legal scholar and best-selling co-author of nudge 2008, breaks new ground with a deep yet highly readable investigation into the ethical issues surrounding nudges, addressing such issues as welfare, choice architecture, and mandates, manipulation, dignity, autonomy, self-government, and the constraints and responsibilities of an ethical state.

The Ethics of Influence: Government in the Age of Behavioral Science Cambridge Studies in Economics, Choice, and Society - In this book, Cass R. In recent years, 'nudge units' or 'behavioral insights teams' have been created in the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, and other nations. Used book in Good Condition. Great product! Used book in Good Condition.

Impeachment: A Citizen’s Guide

Harvard University Press - Basic Books. Preserving the constitution and the democratic system it supports is the public’s responsibility. Used book in Good Condition. One route the constitution provides for discharging that duty―a route rarely traveled―is impeachment. Cass R. Used book in Good Condition. He illuminates the constitutional design behind impeachment and emphasizes the people’s role in holding presidents accountable.

Sunstein identifies and corrects a number of misconceptions. Even neglect of duty counts among the “high crimes and misdemeanors” delineated in the republic’s foundational document. Great product! Sunstein has written the story of impeachment every citizen needs to know. Sunstein provides a succinct citizen’s guide to an essential tool of self-government.

Impeachment: A Citizen’s Guide - Cambridge University Press. In direct and approachable terms, it dispels the fog surrounding impeachment so that Americans of all political convictions may use their ultimate civic authority wisely. Cq press. For example, establishes grounds for impeachment, he shows that the Constitution, not the House of Representatives, and that the president can be impeached for abuses of power that do not violate the law.

Sunstein describes how impeachment helps make sense of our constitutional order, particularly the framers’ controversial decision to install an empowered executive in a nation deeply fearful of kings.