It's the Government, Stupid!: How Governments Blame Citizens for Their Own Policies

Author(s): Keith Dowding

Current Affairs

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.
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.

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General Fields

  • : 9781529206395
  • : Policy Press
  • : Bristol University Press
  • : September 2020
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Keith Dowding