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It’s the Government, Stupid

How Governments Blame Citizens for Their Own Policies

By Keith Dowding

Published

1 Jul 2020

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1529206395

Dimensions

216 x 148 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
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Published

1 Jul 2020

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1529206388

Dimensions

216 x 148 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
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Published

1 Jul 2020

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1529206418

Dimensions

216 x 148 mm

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Bristol University Press
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    Governments have developed a convenient habit of blaming social problems on their citizens, placing too much emphasis on personal responsibility and pursuing policies to ‘nudge’ their citizens to better behaviour.

    Dowding shows that, in fact, responsibility for many of our biggest social crises – including obesity, gun crime, homelessness, drug addiction and problem gambling – should be laid at the feet of politicians.

    He argues for a radical shift, encouraging us to stop scapegoating fellow citizens. He calls instead for us to demand more from our governments, who have the real power and responsibility to alleviate problems and bring about lasting change.

    “Dowding clearly shows why governments are responsible for the welfare of their citizens and why the ‘cult of personal responsibility’ is mistaken. Everyone – voters and politicians – should read this book.” Matt Matravers, University of York

    “This is an important contribution that deserves wide recognition. Dowding offers a powerful argument, drawing on a range of international critical policy issues, that puts down a challenge for all those interested in the relationship between government and its citizens.” Martin Lodge, London School of Economics and Political Science

    Keith Dowding is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Political Philosophy in the School of Politics and International Relations, Australian National University.

    Responsibility;

    Gun Crime;

    Obesity;

    Homelessness;

    Problem Gambling;

    Recreational Drugs Policy;

    Government Responsibility.