Can We Still Govern?

Don Moynihan
improving the quality of government, public policy, reducing administrative burdens
Created 17 Sep 2021
  • A year on, the coup plotters are winning
    06 Jan 2022 • 13 min read • 3 0
    Who won on January 6th? It wasn’t the people who put themselves in legal jeopardy by invading the Capitol. Democrats are no better off than before, having failed to use January 6th as an issue to cons...
  • Covid and the inevitability of institutional distrust
    31 Dec 2021 • 7 min read • 4 1
    The longer the pandemic goes on, the more trust will decline in institutions that have to make visible, salient decisions amidst changing circumstances, information and trade-offs while serving a popu...
  • Understanding the Biden Customer Experience Executive Order
    15 Dec 2021 • 12 min read • 6 0
    On December 13th President Biden signed an “Executive Order on Transforming Federal Customer Experience and Service Delivery to Rebuild Trust in Government.” This is a long and meaty EO with a lot goi...
  • Fox News is Killing Us: Here are the Receipts
    07 Dec 2021 • 7 min read • 1 0
    'Tis the holiday season and the heroes of Fox News are valiantly arraying their forces in the War On Christmas, even as ICU beds are filling up and a new strain of COVID has arrived. In the spirit of ...
  • The Biden Administration is Taking Administration Burdens Seriously - Part II
    02 Dec 2021 • 8 min read • 1 0
    In a previous post I wrote about how the Biden administration is adopting a novel administrative philosophy that mixes a customer service focus, human-centered design, and a desire to reduce administr...
  • The Biden Administration Is Taking Administrative Burdens Seriously
    23 Nov 2021 • 7 min read • 5 0
    It’s hard to get people to pay attention to government administration, unless something has gone wrong. But Biden was elected on the promise of a return to normalcy and competence, and policy implemen...
  • The book bans will continue until patriotism improves
    18 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 1 0
    What year is it? 2021? Just checking. I was confused. With the book bans. The censoring of speech. The red-scare sense of menace. We are increasingly seeing the costs of the Critical Race Theory moral...
  • Trump’s Loyal Lieutenants
    10 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 2 0
    Come gather round and hear the tale of Johnny McEntee: a simple college quarterback-turned-body-man-turned-political-enforcer. By the end of the Trump administration, young McEntee had risen to the po...
  • An Assault on Reason; An Assault on Rights
    30 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 5 0
    As a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I could not believe what I was reading. Governor Walker had proposed removing “the search for truth” from the university mission statement. It wa...
  • Administrative Burdens Are Bad for Your Health
    29 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 6 7
    Congratulations on your new job. You have received no specialized training, though it requires specialized knowledge. How well you perform could be the difference between avoiding bankruptcy or whethe...
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