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Government by Investigation

Congress, Presidents, and the Search for Answers, 1945Â 2012

By Paul C. Light

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Format: Paperback, 316 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 01 October 2013
Presidential and congressional investigations are particularly powerful tools for asking tough questions about highly visible, often complex government breakdowns. In this insightful work, Paul Light, one of America's premier authorities on public service and management, provides a deep assessment of what he has identified as the federal government's one hundred most significant investigations since World War II.

About the Author

Paul C. Light is the Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service at New York University's Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. His many books include Driving Social Change: How to Solve the World's Toughest Problems and A Government Ill Executed: The Decline of the Federal Service and How to Reverse It. He is also a coauthor of Government by the People, now in its 24th edition.


"Written by one of this country's preeminent experts on the federal government, Paul Light's Government by Investigation is essential reading for investigators who seek better government." --Lee H.Hamilton, former U.S. representative; director, The Center on Congress at Indiana University "Paul Light has done the nearly impossible, but the extraordinarily valuable. Government by Investigation is a must-read for anyone who works in the Congress, or cares about whether the Congress is performing its oversight duties well." --Danielle Brian, executive director, Project on Government Oversight "An impressive, prodigious achievement." --David R. Mayhew, Sterling Professor, Yale University "Paul Light's book will serve as the new bible for congressional investigations. He cogently separates partisan witch hunts from groundbreaking investigatory hearings that mattered. This is a must-read for political junkies and serious policy wonks alike." --Tom Davis, former U.S. representative

EAN: 9780815722687
ISBN: 0815722680
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
Dimensions: 22.96 x 15.29 x 2.13 centimetres (0.45 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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