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It's the Government, Stupid! – How Governments Blame Citizens for Their Own Policies - Policy Press Scholarship Online
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It's the Government, Stupid!: How Governments Blame Citizens for Their Own Policies

Keith Dowding


Governments increasingly blame citizens for their own failed policies. Individuals can only be held responsible for the choices they reasonably make from the opportunities they have available to them. Government is the major agent in society that creates those opportunities for citizens. We know a good deal about how regulations and institutions affect social outcomes in various policy areas. This book examines five policy areas across the USA, UK and Australia: gun ownership, food manufacture, housing, gambling and recreational drugs. It demonstrates how different regulations affect gun crim ... More

Keywords: Drugs, Gambling, Government accountability, Gun crime, Housing, Obesity, Personal responsibility, Public policy, Regulation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781529206388
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529206388.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Keith Dowding, author
Australian National University

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