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Nation of DevilsDemocratic Leadership and the Problem of Obedience$
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Stein Ringen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300193190

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300193190.001.0001

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Good Government

Good Government

(p.184) 9 Good Government
Nation of Devils

Stein Ringen

Yale University Press

The job of governing is not an easy one. It is a fine balancing act. It is also a battle, a battle to get things done. This chapter explains what constitutes good government and looks at ways to get effective governance. It puts forward proposals to improve current levels of governance. One very important element needed for good governance is vision. All remarkable governments are are governments of vision with leaders of vision: Bismark, Roosevelt, Johnson, Reagan, and Thatcher. But getting vision is difficult. Why is this so? Perhaps one reason is that some governments are fearful of exposing their real selves. But many governments are simply in confusion about what they are for. Good governments are able to shape ideas about government.

Keywords:   governing, good government, vision, Thatcher, Roosevelt

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