Posts Tagged ‘local government’

A Better Way to Fix Lobbying

by Lee Drutman, Adjunct Professor, the University of California’s Washington Semester Program, The Brookings Institution.

That Washington is corrupted by special interests is perhaps the most common critique of the federal government. Poll after poll reveal a public convinced that lobbyists are a destructive influence, and most lobbying reform ideas accordingly take a distinctly moralizing tone. “Drain the swamp” was Nancy Pelosi’s rallying cry in 2006, backed by a promise to, on Day One, “break the link between lobbyists and legislation.” President Obama, too, spent his campaign bashing special interests (as did McCain), and also made a symbolic point of enacting new lobbying rules for his administration on Day One.

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Establishing local leadership and strong policy

By Robert Gibbons

Seventy four years ago the eminent Professor FA Bland called for local government to be led by one of the “strongest” ministers. Forty years later the local government historian Frederick Larcombe condemned the “‘stop-go’ tactics by alternate politically opposed governments (which have) contributed greatly towards the present ineffectiveness of the local government system”.

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