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A unique primer on how to think intelligently about the thorniest public issues confronting us today

Let's be honest, we've all expressed opinions about difficult hot-button issues without always thinking them through. With so much media spin, political polarization, and mistrust of institutions, it's hard to know how to think about these tough challenges, much less what to do about them. One Nation Undecided takes on some of today's thorniest issues and walks you through each one step-by-step, explaining what makes it so difficult to grapple with and enabling you to think smartly about it.

In this unique what-to-do book, Peter Schuck tackles poverty, immigration, affirmative action, campaign finance, and religious objections to gay marriage and transgender rights. For each issue, he provides essential context; defines key concepts and values; presents the relevant empirical evidence; describes and assesses the programs that now seek to address it; and considers many plausible solutions. Schuck looks at all sides with scrupulous fairness while analyzing them rigorously and factually. Each chapter is self-contained so that readers may pick and choose among the issues that interest and concern them most. His objective is to educate rather than proselytize you―the very nature of these five issues is that they resist clear answers; reasonable people can differ about where they come out on them.

No other book provides such a comprehensive, balanced, and accessible analysis of these urgent social controversies. One Nation Undecided gives you the facts and competing values, makes your thinking about them more sophisticated, and encourages you to draw your own conclusions.

Why Control Fails So Often: And How It Can Do Better
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From healthcare to workplace and campus conduct, the federal government is taking on ever more responsibility for managing our lives. At the same time, Americans have never been more disaffected with Washington, seeing it as an intrusive, incompetent, wasteful giant. Ineffective policies are caused by deep structural factors regardless of which party is in charge, bringing our government into ever-worsening disrepute. Understanding why government fails so often―and how it might become more effective―is a vital responsibility of citizenship.

In this book, lawyer and political scientist Peter Schuck provides a wide range of examples and an enormous body of evidence to explain why so many domestic policies go awry―and how to right the foundering ship of state. An urgent call for reform, Why Government Fails So Often is essential reading for anyone curious about why government is in such a disgraceful state and how it can do better.

Why Government Fails So Often

Watch a discussion of “Why Government Fails So Often,” with Professor Peter Schuck, Emeritus Professor of Law at Yale Law School and Amitai Etzioni, University Professor at The George Washingto.

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 52:17 — 47. 9MB). Peter Schuck comes to Liberty Law Talk to discuss Why Government Fails So Often. Like James Buckley and John DiIulio , Schuck doesn’t have much good news for the large majority of Americans who are disgusted with the performance of the federal government and its ability to devise and execute policies. Schuck notes that in April 2013, only 28% of Americans had a favorable opinion of the federal government. Many have tried to explain this phenomenon with various government affirming answers, but Schuck is forthright in the book and this interview when he states that the best answer is that the “federal government does in fact perform poorly in a vast... Little consideration is given, Schuck notes, to questions of how markets will react to the regulations, how accurate the information is that policy-makers have relied on in shaping policy, and how credible and manageable the final product will be... Compounding this problem, Schuck says, is Congress itself, which is largely willing to push the real questions of statutory guidance onto the federal bureaucracy. This discussion with Schuck also explores what he calls policy successes which are characterized by government not attempting to reshape markets and persons, but merely opening a legal door to goods for which there was pent up demand. Schuck remains a believer in the need for a large federal government, but notes that the way to competency and effectiveness isn’t likely to be found without substantial reforms in policy-making. Schuck Peter H. Schuck is the Simeon E. Baldwin Professor of Law Emeritus at Yale University. The Online Library of Law and Liberty’s focus is on the content, status, and development of law in the context of republican and limited government and the ways that liberty and law and law and liberty mutually reinforce the other. This site brings together serious debate, commentary, essays, book reviews, interviews, and educational material in a commitment to the first principles of law in a free society. Source: Comments for Online Library of Law & Liberty

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  • NYC Lawmakers Gearing Up to Give 1 Million Non-Citizens Voting Rights

    04/06/15 ,via Breitbart News

    Peter Schuck, an emeritus professor of law at Yale University, told the outlet, “My guess is that it would cause many Americans to wonder what the point of citizenship is if anyone can vote without even bothering to learn or be committed enough to

  • Book Review: 'Why Government Fails So Often' by Peter H. Schuck

    06/09/14 ,via Wall Street Journal

    Many of our political debates are about what if anything government should do about the problems our society confronts. The combatants in these battles rarely stop to consider just what government actually can do. In "Why Government Fails So Often

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  • NYC Lawmakers Gearing Up to Give 1 Million Non-Citizens Voting Rights

    04/06/15 ,via Breitbart News

    Peter Schuck, an emeritus professor of law at Yale University, told the outlet, “My guess is that it would cause many Americans to wonder what the point of citizenship is if anyone can vote without even bothering to learn or be committed enough to apply ...

  • Non-citizens in New York City could soon be given the right to vote

    04/02/15 ,via theguardian.com

    It’s something for them to look forward to.” Peter Schuck, an emeritus professor of law at Yale University, also worries about the dilution of citizenship. “My guess is that it would cause many Americans to wonder what the point of citizenship is if ...

  • ATHLETICS: Jones bags third place in An Res Hellys race during his Easter break

    04/01/15 ,via Packet Newspapers

    60-64: 1 Malcolm Roberts STA 1.11.29, 2 Peter Chapman CR 1.18.16 ... 5 Falmouth Road Runners 253 points. LADIES: 1 Emma Schuck HR 1.03.55 (Course Record), 2 Zelah Morrall CAC 1.04.32, 3 Issy Wykes TRC 1.08.09, 4 Wendy Chapman TRC 1.08.31, 5 Kay Nias ...

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Peter H. Schuck | Yale Law School

Peter H. Schuck is the Simeon E. Baldwin Professor Emeritus of Law at Yale Law School, where he has held the chair since 1984. He has also served as Deputy Dean.

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Peter Schuck, Actor: Defending Your Life. Peter Schuck is an actor, known for Defending Your Life (1991), Operation Petticoat (1977) and Another You (1991).

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Dr. Schuck obtained his Ph.D. from the Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, Germany, where he worked on interactions of integral proteins of the erythrocyte membrane ...

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