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Good Enough for Government WorkThe Public Reputation Crisis in America (And What We Can Do to Fix It)$
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Amy E. Lerman

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226630175

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226630342.001.0001

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Beyond the Reputation Crisis

Beyond the Reputation Crisis

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(p.225) Thirteen Beyond the Reputation Crisis
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Good Enough for Government Work
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Amy E. Lerman

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226630342.003.0013

This final chapter turns to the collective responsibilities of citizenship, suggesting that elites can work to rebuild the public reputation by helping individuals see the connection between government activities and the common good. Long gone are the days when politicians urged us to recognize that we are stronger together than alone. Instead, our politics today remind us only that we owe each other little and must compete to get our due. But at the heart of collective self-governance is a citizenry who believe that they share common problems and common goals and who understand that the role of government is to help achieve this vision. By rebuilding this understanding, we might also revitalize the public reputation. And in so doing, we can build the capacity of government to tackle the serious issues we face as a nation and to work toward a society that benefits us all.

Keywords:   Public good, common good, collective citizenship, libertarianism

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