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Good Enough for Government Work: The Public Reputation Crisis in America (And What We Can Do to Fix It)

Amy E. Lerman


In her new book, Good Enough for Government Work, Professor Amy E. Lerman argues that American government is in the midst of a profound reputation crisis: A majority of Americans—both Democrats and Republicans alike—have come to believe government is wasteful and inefficient and that it generally does a poor job managing public services. This is true even when government service provision is equal to or better than what the private sector can offer. These negative beliefs about government can affect a wide range of political behaviors, including the decision to avoid participating in public pr ... More

Keywords: political psychology, privatization, public opinion, confirmation bias, government, public services, motivated reasoning

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226630175
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226630342.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amy E. Lerman, author
University of California, Berkeley