System under Stress: The Challenge to 21st Century Governance

In the third edition of his award-winning System under Stress, Donald Kettl looks at the latest stress to hit the system–the financial crisis of 2008. In his brief, gripping narrative, Kettl assesses how well the U.S. political system responds under extraordinary pressure–from 9/11, to Hurricane Katrina, to the Great Recession–and asks if the government is ready to face that next challenge. A well-known scholar, commentator, and writer in the areas of federalism and governance, Kettl asks the hard questions, and while making a credible and persuasive argument, crafts a case study that works in classrooms up and down the political science and public administration curriculum.

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