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Good and Bad Power: The ideals and betrayals of government, by Geoff Mulgan

"Few political thinkers have any experience of the higher reaches of political life, and fewer still have first-hand knowledge of the operation of the machinery of government. Geoff Mulgan is an exception on both counts. Formerly Tony Blair's head of policy, he was also an adviser to Gordon Brown - the only person to have worked at such a senior level for both politicians. In an earlier incarnation he was director of Demos, the think-tank closely linked with the formation of New Labour. Before that he worked as a civil servant in local government. Combining an intimate familiarity with high-level politics over the past decade with extensive practical experience of the business of administration, Mulgan is unusually well qualified to diagnose the disorders that are afflicting government today.

The starting point of Good and Bad Power is that we are in one of those periods in history when governments are seen as corrupt and immoral. Mulgan believes this perception is unfounded. He aims to show that "the business of government is becoming more moral, not less; that many governments are stumbling closer to an ideal of service that has been imagined for as long as states have existed but was rarely realised; and that, just as new knowledge has given governments vastly greater power, it has also made them more dependent, more accountable, and more embedded in their societies."

Paperback in excellent condition. Uncorrected proof copy.
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