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The Power of Public Ideas

The Power of Public Ideas

Edited by Robert B. Reich

ISBN 9780674695900

Publication date: 10/01/1990

Edited and contributed to by one of America’s most respected political and economic thinkers, and containing essays by an impressive roster of experts, The Power of Public Ideas offers a controversial, timely, and incisive analysis of the impact of the public interest on governmental policy making.


  • The Power of Public Ideas displays a rare combination of virtues, building an innovative approach to public policy on a foundation of old-fashioned common sense. It is, as a result, an extremely useful book. It identifies what is important and what is trivial, what is true and what is silly, what we know already and what we need to know about the sources of public policy… A rich collection… It clears away a lot of deadwood and turns the discussion of public policy toward the things that really matter and the ideas that are worthy of public and professional deliberation.

    —Dennis Hale, American Political Science Review


  • Robert B. Reich is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and Senior Fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies.

Book Details

  • 272 pages
  • 6 x 9 inches
  • Harvard University Press