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Philip K. Howard is the author of The Death of Common Sense: How Law is Suffocating America. In this book, Howard explains how America's system of government regulation has created bureaucracy, an overabundance of lawsuits, and a legal system that has run amok. Howard discusses his views of how mostra'n més judgment and commonsense have been replaced by distorted rules and regulations that hurt justice more than they help it. Philip K. Howard was born on October 24, 1948, in Atlanta, Ga. After graduating from Yale University and the University of Virginia Law School, he set up a successful private practice. In addition to his writing activities, he has served as a consultant for various government agencies. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys

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Common Sense Government: Works Better and Costs Less (1995)algunes edicions26 exemplars


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Atlanta, Georgia, USA
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New York, New York, USA
Yale University
University of Virginia School of Law
Covington & Burling



This is one book that I would like to read as a part of a book club. Especially a book club with both liberal and conservative members. The only way I will be able to solidify my opinion of this book is through discussion.
In short the book proposes reducing our reliance on laws and increasing reliance on individuals taking responsibility for what they see in front of them. The author then proposes five new amendments to the us constitution: the first is that every law that impacts budgets will have a sunset clause; the second and the third reinstate power to the executive branch; the fourth requires judges to approve a lawsuit before the potential defendant has to respond at all (ideally to prevent harassing litigation); and the last enacts a council of citizens who will essentially be a nonpartisan advisory body to congress.
Interesting ideas that I broadly agree with but have to think seriously about the ramifications.
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zizabeph | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | May 7, 2023 |
Some insightful, specific recommendations and statistics, but much is too general or too impractical
starkravingmad | Nov 19, 2019 |
Mr. Howard's proposals remind me of my former co-worker Les Hancock's: The legislature can pass any law they want, but only 100 laws. Once they reach 100, each new law requires the repeal of an old one.
cwcoxjr | Hi ha 10 ressenyes més | Sep 5, 2019 |
"This town needs an enema." So said Jack Nicholson's "Joker" about the dysfunctionality of Gotham City in Tim Burton's 1989 movie, "Batman." In "The Rule of Nobody," author Philip K. Howard embraces Joker's sentiments exactly, save that Howard's disgust is aimed squarely at Washington D.C. Regardless of one's political stripe, the list of what's badly broken in national politics far exceeds the tally of what's working well. In this book, Howard illustrates the vast and litigious space separating common sense from bureaucratic inertia in modern America. Surely many ailments explain the malady, and just as surely one of the more prominent among them is bureaucratic malaise brought about by countless aged and conflicting rules and regulations as immortal as they are useless, if not downright dangerous. Thus the enema -- Howard's prescription to set things right in part is to vigorously seek and eliminate outdated federal bureaucratic regulations and regulators whose evolution has rendered them poisonous to the health of our national body politic. Howard's diagnosis, prognosis and suggested course of treatment all ring true. There's no politician alive who wouldn't benefit himself and his constituents by reading this book. You should read it, too.… (més)
RGazala | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Jun 27, 2014 |


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