Santesson – Reformpolitikens strategier (Atlantis, 2012)

Alldeles utmärkt – beskriver bra förutsättningarna för politisk reformverksamhet.” Lars Tobisson, moderat nestor

Jätterolig läsning … Riktigt intressant … Boken flyttar fram kopplingen mellan statsvetenskapens resultat och det politiskt användbara.” Ursula Berge, Samhällspolitisk chef, Akademikerförbundet SSR

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The end comes when we no longer talk with ourselves. It is the end of genuine thinking and the beginning of the final loneliness. The remarkable thing is that the cessation of the inner dialogue marks also the end of our concern with the world around us. It is as if we noted the world and think about it only when we have to report it to ourselves.

Eric Hoffer 

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Kaliforniens kris

Inte bara sydeuropéer vet hur man ordnar en rejäl statsfinansiell kris. Några av de värre budgetunderskotten har vuxit i Kalifornien. Delstatens ekonomi är nu grundligt körd i botten. Det är svårt att veta riktigt hur det kommer att sluta, förutom illa.

California's economy, which used to outperform the rest of the country, now substantially underperforms. The unemployment rate, at 10.9%, is higher than every other state except Nevada and Rhode Island. With 12% of America's population, California has one third of the nation's welfare recipients.


Meanwhile, the state lurches from fiscal tragedy to fiscal farce, running deficits in good times as well as bad. The general fund's spending exceeded its tax revenues in nine of the last 10 years (the only exceptions being 2005 at the height of the housing bubble), abetted by creative accounting and temporary IOUs.

Vad betyder det här i praktiken? Michael Lewis långa reportage från Kaliforniens finansiella katastrofstäder innehåller scener man inte glömmer. Här finns städer som liknar en misslyckad omgång av SimCity. Med levande invånare. Staden Vallejo gick i konkurs. Nu försöker man förvalta resterna.

Back in 2008, unable to come to terms with its many creditors, Vallejo declared bankruptcy. Eighty percent of the city’s budget—and the lion’s share of the claims that had thrown it into bankruptcy—were wrapped up in the pay and benefits of public-safety workers. Relations between the police and the firefighters, on the one hand, and the citizens, on the other, were at historic lows. The public-safety workers thought that the city was out to screw them on their contracts; the citizenry thought that the public-safety workers were using fear as a tool to extort money from them.


Since the bankruptcy, the police and fire departments have been cut in half; some number of the citizens who came to Phil Batchelor’s office did so to say they no longer felt safe in their own homes. All other city services had been reduced effectively to zero. “Do you know that some cities actually pave their streets?” says Batchelor. “That’s not here.”

Det är inte bara offentlig service som har drabbats av nedskärningar.

On the third floor I find the offices of the new city manager, Phil Batchelor, but when I walk in, there is no one in sight. It’s just a collection of empty cubicles. … He’s now running the city, and he has a staff of one: I just met her. “When she goes out to the bathroom, she has to lock the [office] door,” he says, “because I’m in meetings, and we have no one else.”

Om inte annat har i varje fall Parkinsons lag upphävts.

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